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Williams to run new floor in Hungarian GP

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Williams to run new floor in Hungarian GP
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Jul 14, 2016, 3:22 PM

Williams plans to introduce a new floor at the Hungarian Grand Prix as it remains bullish aerodynamic updates can help it stave off the threat from Force India.

Alex Lynn, Williams FW38 Development Driver
Valtteri Bottas, Williams FW38
Valtteri Bottas, Williams FW38 with a rear wing attachment
Valtteri Bottas, Williams FW38
Valtteri Bottas, Williams FW38 with a rear wing attachment
Alex Lynn, Williams FW38 Development Driver
Alex Lynn, Williams FW38 Development Driver

The Grove-based outfit has had two disappointing outings, and Force India is now just 19 points behind in the fight for fourth place.

But despite questions about just how much of a benefit new front wing designs introduced over the past fortnight have delivered, Williams is upbeat about its prospects.

Williams technical chief Pat Symonds said: "I respect Force India, they're a good team, but I'm confident we'll retain fourth place.

"We've got to bring performance to the car and we've got to use the car well, and we've got new parts still coming to the car.

"Force India have made some good aero steps in Barcelona and we probably haven't kept up with that. But we've now got to bring our new parts along. We've got a new floor in Hungary, which is quite good."

Better understanding

Williams focused on evaluating new aerodynamic parts at the Silverstone test this week, but Valtteri Bottas admitted progress had not been as great as it may have hoped.

"We've made gains but at the moment we struggle a little bit to put it directly into downforce and laptime," he said.

"But we've found something which also could benefit us not maybe in the near future, but later on."

Tyre knowledge

One of the issues that has swung Williams' performances in recent races has been tyre management – with it having a huge impact on their pace.

The team is trying to get to the bottom of whether its fluctuations in form are down to temperature variations or set-up.

When asked if mastering the tyres was the key to a better second half to 2016, Symonds said: "It probably is. We need raw performance as well so we need to get the aero up a bit, but it is to get on top of the tyres."

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Series Formula 1
Event Hungarian GP
Location Hungaroring
Teams Williams
Author Jonathan Noble