Williams' 2016 car will be 'significantly' different

Williams has dropped a hint that next year's car will be 'significantly' different to its 2015 Formula 1 challenger.

Williams' 2016 car will be 'significantly' different
Valtteri Bottas, Williams F1 Team
Felipe Massa, Williams FW37
Williams FW37
Felipe Massa, Williams FW37
Felipe Massa, Williams FW37
Valtteri Bottas, Williams FW37
Listen to this article

The team halted development of its current car several weeks ago, with its third place in the constructors' championship pretty much then a done deal.

And having elected to make a bold step with its new car, it has meant that few parts being prepared for 2016 were worth bringing forward to test at the end of this campaign.

Williams performance chief Rob Smedley said: "The car we have in the wind tunnel for 2016, and the 2015 car at the end of the season, are significantly different – so we could not do anything this year from an aerodynamic point of view.

"In terms of other parts of R&D, and mechanical design, yes we have been trialling things all the time, and you need a package of upgrades with the mechanical car to see if there is any lap time improvement.

"But all our significant lap time improvement is back in the wind tunnel in Grove."

Progress relative

Although the data coming out of the Williams wind tunnel is encouraging, Smedley is equally well aware that unless the team does better than its rivals it will not make any progress.

"It is all relative," he said. "We could have a stellar development, but Ferrari and Red Bull have an even more stellar one.

"Everything that we are seeing at the minute is good. We are hitting targets, we are always looking not just at headline numbers but other areas of aero development, significant areas of aero development.

"So it is process of getting us back towards the front. At the minute we are reasonably happy with what we are seeing."

shares
comments
Stoffel Vandoorne tops Pirelli test for McLaren as curtain falls on 2015 Formula 1 season
Previous article

Stoffel Vandoorne tops Pirelli test for McLaren as curtain falls on 2015 Formula 1 season

Next article

Ron Dennis: "McLaren should have reverted to 2012 car at the start of 2013 Formula 1 season"

Ron Dennis: "McLaren should have reverted to 2012 car at the start of 2013 Formula 1 season"
Why few would blame Leclerc if he leaves Ferrari in future Prime

Why few would blame Leclerc if he leaves Ferrari in future

OPINION: Ferrari's numerous strategy blunders, as well as some of his own mistakes, have cost Charles Leclerc dearly in the 2022 Formula 1 title battle in the first half of the season. Though he is locked into a deal with Ferrari, few could blame Leclerc if he ultimately wanted to look elsewhere - just as Lewis Hamilton did with McLaren 10 years prior.

The other McLaren exile hoping to follow Perez's path to a top F1 seat Prime

The other McLaren exile hoping to follow Perez's path to a top F1 seat

After being ditched by McLaren earlier in his F1 career Sergio Perez fought his way back into a seat with a leading team. BEN EDWARDS thinks the same could be happening to another member of the current grid

Formula 1
Aug 8, 2022
How studying Schumacher helped make Coulthard a McLaren F1 mainstay Prime

How studying Schumacher helped make Coulthard a McLaren F1 mainstay

Winner of 13 grands prix including Monaco and survivor of a life-changing plane crash, David Coulthard could be forgiven for having eased into a quiet retirement – but, as MARK GALLAGHER explains, in fact he’s busier than ever, running an award-winning media company and championing diversity in motor racing. Not bad for someone who, by his own admission, wasn’t quite the fastest driver of his generation…

Formula 1
Aug 7, 2022
Could F1 move to a future beyond carbon fibre? Prime

Could F1 move to a future beyond carbon fibre?

Formula 1 has ambitious goals for improving its carbon footprint, but could this include banishing its favoured composite material? Pat Symonds considers the alternatives to carbon fibre and what use, if any, those materials have in a Formula 1 setting

Formula 1
Aug 6, 2022
The traits that fuelled Alonso's unexpected Aston Martin F1 move Prime

The traits that fuelled Alonso's unexpected Aston Martin F1 move

Fernando Alonso’s bombshell switch to Aston Martin sent shockwaves through Formula 1, not least at Alpine that finds itself tangled in a contract standoff with Oscar Piastri. Not shy of a bold career move and with a CV punctuated by them, there were numerous hints that trouble was brewing.

Formula 1
Aug 4, 2022
The elements Ferrari must resolve to first save face, then win championships Prime

The elements Ferrari must resolve to first save face, then win championships

OPINION: Ferrari's Formula 1 title hopes look all but over after another strategic blunder in last week's Hungarian Grand Prix denied Charles Leclerc the chance to fight for victory, while handing it to chief rival Max Verstappen. The Scuderia now faces intense scrutiny over what it must now do to finally become a genuine factor in championship battles

Formula 1
Aug 3, 2022
The clues about Hamilton’s F1 retirement plans after Vettel decision Prime

The clues about Hamilton’s F1 retirement plans after Vettel decision

OPINION: Sebastian Vettel is set to leave Formula 1 at the end of 2022 and will, rather shockingly, be replaced by Fernando Alonso at Aston Martin. But what about the final chapter of the other driver that defined the post-Michael Schumacher era? In Hungary, Lewis Hamilton spoke about his future in the context of Vettel’s upcoming departure, which offered clues on how long it will last.

Formula 1
Aug 2, 2022
Why all signs point to F1’s Monaco special relationship continuing Prime

Why all signs point to F1’s Monaco special relationship continuing

OPINION: With more potential venues than there are slots in future calendars, rumours have been circulating that the Monaco Grand Prix could be a casualty of F1’s expansion into new markets. But Mark Gallagher thinks this is highly unlikely.

Formula 1
Aug 2, 2022