Williams bringing extensive FW33 update to Turkey

2011 Turkish Grand Prix

Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Shanghai, 2011

Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Shanghai, 2011

Williams are bringing a substantial aerodynamic update package for the FW33 to this weekend’s race.

Technical director Sam Michael said: “We’re bringing a number of upgrades to the FW33 over the next few races, starting with Istanbul.

“The package for Turkey will include new brake ducts, revised front wing and rear wings, plus some other secondary items. Combined, these components should give the FW33 a decent step-up in performance. Our objective is to get the car into the points as soon as possible.”

The team will not use the new exhaust system it tested in Shanghai. A revised version is planned for introduction at the Spanish Grand Prix.

Rubens Barrichello says he wants “a more competitive weekend with the team than we have had so far this season” in Istanbul.

Williams are yet to score a point in 2011 and today announced an overhaul of their technical department including the departure of Sam Michael and Jon Tomlinson as well as the hiring of Mike Coughlan.

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12 comments on Williams bringing extensive FW33 update to Turkey

  1. Icthyes (@icthyes) said on 3rd May 2011, 13:33

    Good to hear they’re upgrading other areas. No point in having that gearbox if you can’t get the airflow to it.

    • Alex Bkk (@alex-bkk) said on 3rd May 2011, 13:41

      I think we wait and see how many teams copy that gearbox next year. If Williams can get the aero maximised around it, a lot of teams may be playing catch come 2012.

    • AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 3rd May 2011, 13:45

      Exactly. I’m still confident it’s a good idea but they just can’t use it properly.

      I hope they get their act together, it’s sad to see them doing so badly! However…nice to see Lotus finish where they did in China.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 3rd May 2011, 13:59

      Looked like Williams is still working on getting the aero from the front working. Seems they were in trouble there all since the walrus nose.

      • Adam Tate (@adam-tate) said on 4th May 2011, 9:42

        Looked like Williams is still working on getting the aero from the front working. Seems they were in trouble there all since the walrus nose.

        It seems Williams has constantly been in trouble since then and not just with the nose of the car. I fear their loss of BMW to Sauber in 06 may have been the beginning of the end for Williams.

        Perhaps it is also this new gearbox that is hurting them and in developing it they have gone done a blind alley as it were. I’m no aerodynamicist, but something is clearly very wrong with that car.

        I really hope they can turn it all around.

  2. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 3rd May 2011, 14:08

    Everyone has an upgrade planned – Virgin, Force India, Ferrari, Fernandes; just about everyone except Toro Rosso … so it’s nothing really that special, to be honest. I’d say the staff reshuffling will have a bigger effect on Williams’ movement through the field than their new aero package will.

  3. BBT (@bbt) said on 3rd May 2011, 15:00

    Extensive substantial aerodynamic update package….

    Hooray.

  4. Oliver said on 3rd May 2011, 15:09

    They need every bit of upgrade they can find. Right now, anything will work. If they don’t sort themselves out, they risk not scoring points this season

  5. sw6569 (@sw6569) said on 3rd May 2011, 17:09

    Bit of an odd time to announce this extensive update. Maybe its a way of downplaying its impact

  6. cristoacevedo said on 4th May 2011, 3:31

    the Extensive substantial aerodynamic update package includes:
    mike coughlan, new photosmart printers, spy pen, spy cameras among other stuff necessary to improve their actual performance…

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