Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Shanghai, 2011

Head to miss races to work on Williams reliability

2011 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Shanghai, 2011
Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Shanghai, 2011

Williams engineering director Patrick Head says he will attend fewer races this year so he can get to the bottom of the reliability problems that have plagued the team so far this year.

Neither FW33 finished the first two races of 2011.

Head told MotorSport magazine: “We have some very good people at all levels on our race team, and I was doubtful that I could add to our work there.

“But the unreliability problems are something we should not have, and I suspect I can contribute more with the engineers and technicians in our factory to help eliminate these.

“So I will probably be less present at the track this year. I shall be taking a keen interest in our progression.”

He also suggested teams may drop the Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems because they are too expensive:

“It will be interesting to see how the teams view the value of KERS as the season progresses – all teams are running on tight budgets, and KERS adds considerably to their costs.

“The lack of KERS application in 2010 was by agreement of the teams only, in the light of difficult financial times.

“I wonder whether the teams will consider it to be an asset to F1 by the end of 2011. As an engineer it is extremely interesting technology which has relevance for road vehicles, but added value for racing may be questionable.”

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