After seeing his teammate Alex Albon take advantage of the FW44 improvements at Silverstone and then in Austria, Nicholas Latifi will in turn be equipped with the new features introduced by Williams F1 this weekend for the French Grand Prix. Logically, the Canadian hopes this will allow him to appear better in the hierarchy.
“I’m very happy to go to France as it’s the first time I’ve had the upgrade package. We’ve seen positive signs in Alex’s car so far, so I’m looking forward to it. Take a first look. Hopefully that this gives us a little rhythm and we get closer to the fight “.
“France offers a unique design with a lot of runoff areas, so track boundaries could be an issue like in Austria. More than anything, I’m looking forward to continuing car development and getting good data for the aftermath.”
For his part, Alex Albon is excited to see the progress of his team thanks to these developments at the Paul Ricard.
“I’m looking forward to driving in France after collecting more information and data in Austria. I hope we can continue to drive and work the car taking advantage of its performance. This circuit is quite varied and offers mostly medium speed bends. So there will be a good opportunity to see how the car behaves “.
Dave Robson, head of performance at Williams F1, expects a more favorable weekend than the previous ones in terms of analyzing in more depth the contribution of the innovations introduced to the FW44.
“Having introduced new parts to Alex’s car in the last two races, we can now run both cars with these upgrades. They weren’t ideal for our tests, we’ve received good feedback and we’re confident we’ve taken a step back. forward. The weather should be warm, dry and stable this weekend, so we will use Friday to help Nicky get used to the new pieces and then we will continue to look at how to make the most of this new package. “
“For this race Pirelli has brought its intermediate range of compounds, a combination to which we are accustomed this season and which was last used in Miami. We will use the same tires in the next two races and therefore it will be important to familiarize us ourselves quickly “.
“The circuit was resurfaced for last year’s race, and the wet conditions had made the tires big. It remains to be seen how the track has aged over the last 12 months, but this factor added to this year’s weather forecast should ensure that the problem does not recur, on the contrary, high temperatures will be likely to cause the tire to overheat and, therefore, good management will have to be done in the race.
“This time of the season, with the second double game in a row, is a very intense time of year for everyone. The introduction of a great development has challenged the whole team, but it has been taken with enthusiasm. and professionalism and as a result, we are approaching the final races before the summer break in a good position and ready to attack the second half of the season. “