‘No fundamental changes with the FW43’

Date published: February 17 2020

'No fundamental concept changes with the FW43'

Williams’ newly-unveiled FW43 is an evolution of last year’s car with the team throwing resources where it believes it can gain the “most performance”.

Last season Williams’ FW42 was not a great car, it wasn’t even a good one.

The team spent most of the season qualifying on the final row of the grid and managed just one single point in 21 grands prix.

George Russell, though, insisted towards the back of the 2019 season that the car was improving.

As such Williams has built on the design concept of its FW42 for this year’s car.

Design Director Doug McKiernan reckons Williams is on an “healthy” development path with the FW43 highlighting the team’s progress.

McKiernan explained: “The team at the factory have been working incredibly hard on the development of the car for the 2020 season.

“We have paid significant attention to understanding the problem areas of the FW42 and we have carefully chosen parts of the car to develop, those that would give us the most performance for the resources we have.

“The main concept behind the FW43 is that it is a continuous development of the FW42, with no fundamental concept changes to the layout.

“The most important indicator that we are on the right path will be the level of correlation we have between the tool kit we use to design the car and what the track data is telling us.

“There has been a healthy development rate in the wind tunnel, and we have found reasonable improvements in the cooling efficiency.

“The team has addressed the mechanical issues that affected it in 2019, these include the brakes and the overall weight of the car. We have made some good progress across these areas and will continue to focus on them during the season.”

The FW43 will hit the track on Wednesday morning for the start of pre-season testing, although Williams has yet to announce whether it will be Russell or Nicholas Latifi behind the wheel.

The team is hoping that its development pace over the winter has outstripped its rivals.

Chief Engineer Adam Carter added: “The initiatives that we put in place to drive performance across all disciplines within the engineering department are evident in the design and development of the FW43. It’s been great to see the hard work starting to pay off.

“The decision to retain some of the core architecture of the FW42 means there has been less resource invested in developing new concepts, which in turn has rewarded the design team with greater bandwidth to optimise their work, evident in both packaging and component detail.

“By preserving some key parameters, it has allowed for an uninterrupted development programme within Aerodynamics in order to maximise the efficiency of the resources.
“As we head towards the pre-season tests and then onto the race season, the most important measure will be the progress relative to our peers, along with our intention of continuing our recent record of reliability.

“Later this week, we will be looking at our single timed lap pace, our long run pace and the feedback from the drivers to understand where we are and what we do next.

“We have teams, both at the track and back at Grove, that will be delving into all aspects that define that lap time during the pre-season tests to ensure we are in the best possible place ahead of the first race in Australia.”

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