Motor Sport News - - F1 2016 Mercedes -

Wil­liams has hit a bit of a glass ceil­ing in re­cent years. Third place in the Con­struc­tors’ Cham­pi­onship is cer­tainly noth­ing to be sniffed at, but how do you go one fur­ther against the might of Fer­rari and Mercedes?

The launch ver­sion of the Grove squad’s FW38 is largely a carry over car, hence why it looks al­most iden­ti­cal to its pre­de­ces­sor. The front and rear wings are the 2015 launch spec and the nose looks the same also. But, be­ing the first to launch means Wil­liams has some time to bring dif­fer­ent parts. Ru­mours per­sist that a new nose so­lu­tion and new wings will be brought to the later test.

The main chas­sis con­cept is a de­vel­op­ment of what Wil­liams en­joyed in 2015, low drag and high speed. The side­pods have been raised and the air in­take shape shuf­fled to op­ti­mise cool­ing. The front wish­bones also have less rake on them this year, sit­ting flat­ter than last year’s car.

The aim was to strengthen the weak­ness of the FW37, which was pre­dom­i­nantly found in slow-speed cor­ners (and the wet).

Team tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor Pat Sy­monds said: “The FW37 was a pretty ef­fec­tive car and so we con­cen­trated on un­der­stand­ing the ar­eas where we could im­prove it with­out los­ing the at­tributes that made it ef­fec­tive.

“It is no se­cret the low-speed per­for­mance of the FW37 didn’t match its high-speed per­for­mance, so a lot of time was spent look­ing into why this was and sub­se­quently mak­ing changes, which we hope will im­prove the sit­u­a­tion.

“On top of this we looked at the nor­mal phys­i­cal ob­sta­cles to de­vel­op­ment that one al­ways meets dur­ing the life of a car and tried to push those bar­ri­ers back.”

TEAM STATS Wil­liams Chas­sis FW38 En­gine Mercedes PU106C

His­tory Races 649 Wins 114 Poles 128 Fastest laps 133 Teams’ ti­tles 9

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