Williams gains won’t make them ‘complacent’

Date published: August 25 2019

Despite taking a huge leap forward in Hungary, Williams will not become “complacent” as they continue their recovery.

George Russell narrowly missed out on Q2 at the Hungaroring before mixing it with the midfield runners in the race, giving Williams their best performance of the season by far for pure pace.

This came just a week after the arrival of a big upgrade package for the Grove outfit, and despite making the significant gains which they needed to in order to close the gap to the midfield, the team aren’t ready to put their feet up yet.

Speaking to Autosport, Williams’s chief engineer of vehicle programmes Adam Carter said: “I’ve done this job long enough to know to never become complacent with it.

“As an engineer it’s a very, very complex equation to deal with.

“We do take satisfaction but we do know the gradient should be higher for us because we’re coming from behind.

“You need to keep perspective all the time. You have to keep it all in check.”

Williams have upped their efforts to better correlate the data between their trackside team and the factory – they spent 40 minutes in FP1 in Hungary on one set of tyres for data gathering, a move which proved vital after the introduction of their upgrades in Germany a week prior.

“It’s just become part of the weekend routine now,” senior race engineer Dave Robson told Autosport.

“When we talk about the philosophy changing, we’re not just talking about the aerodynamic philosophy of the car, the whole approach is a bit different.

“We give up more track time at the beginning of P1 for gathering data. And that’s something that’s a bit new for us.”

Williams will not become "complacent" despite their gains on and off the track.

It has been a total upgrade for Williams as they increase their analysis tools to work with the higher data load, in particular the efforts they have made in developing their aero-rake technology, which improves the testing the team can do at the track to assist development at the factory.

“So now as we do these development tests and correlation tests the data quality and quantity are both off the scale compared to where we used to be,” Carter revealed.

“You need the tools to process that data at the same rate as we gather it as well.

“You have to have matched gear pairs across the whole business.

“There’s no point having the best rakes in the world and doing the best experiments in the world and not having the analysis tools of the same calibre to support them.

“Now we go round the whole loop a lot quicker. It’s not just about designing the car, it’s designing the tools to design the car.”

Despite the improvements, Williams are staying away from setting particular targets other than to develop faster than their midfield rivals.

“We need to get to a position where we can develop faster than other people,” Carter explained.

“The whole paddock is full of smart people so we need to be smarter than them.

“That’s ultimately our goal. In order to beat the competition that’s what we need to do.

“We are already seeing changes in terms of our ability now.”

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