Williams to debut exhaust blown diffuser

Date published: May 16 2011

Sam Michael is hoping Williams finally break their duck as the team heads to Spain with their new rear wing and exhaust blown diffuser…

Sam Michael is hoping Williams finally break their duck as the team heads to Spain with their new rear wing and exhaust blown diffuser.

This season has seen Williams slump to their lowest point yet with the team failing to score a single World Championship point in the opening four grands prix.

Williams, though, are determined to get back on track with technical director Michael confirming they will have several updates for their FW33 for the Spanish GP.

“Since the Turkish Grand Prix, we have been working on our new rear wings that we ran in practice at Istanbul Park and we will have them on both cars again in Barcelona. In addition to that we’ll have new exhaust blown diffusers to test,” Michael said.

“Barcelona is a circuit that demands good aero efficiency. It isn’t a track that is hard on brakes and with its long high speed corners, the aero efficiency of the cars can be the biggest performance differentiator.

“The circuit layout hasn’t been favourable for overtaking in the past – however with the tyre degradation and the moveable rear wing it will likely be different this year.”

Meanwhile, Rubens Barrichello is determined to remain positive, hoping for a major step forward from his team.

“Barcelona is a great racing track and one that people know the most,” said the Brazilian.

“It will be interesting to see how much the other teams and drivers have developed since we were there for the final test in March.

“I hope that we as a team can make a good jump forward in performance with our upgrades in Barcelona. I remain positive that we will.”