Dark
Light
Development Woes Haunt Williams F1 in Rivalry Chase

Williams F1 Concedes Setback in Development Race

05/07/2024

Williams F1 openly admits to trailing in the high-stakes development race, facing tough competition ahead.

James Vowles admits Williams F1 must step up its game in single-seater development. The team he leads is currently undergoing restructuring and reorganization to move away from the back of the grid in the long term.

However, for now, Williams has only 2 points in 2024 – just enough to avoid finishing last in the constructors’ championship, ahead of Sauber, which has no points.

Even Alpine F1 is now ahead of Williams.

“They can run their car very low,” explained Alex Albon, “which helps on tracks like Barcelona. But they are not very good on the curbs.”

Albon also stated that to overtake the top teams ahead such as Haas and RB F1, “we need upgrades.”

“We brought a lot of new parts at the beginning of the year, then we paused. For our competitors, it was the opposite. That’s why they got ahead.”

The Thai driver admits that the 2024 Williams is “easier to drive and more predictable than its predecessor, but the much more complex chassis has added significant extra weight that the team is still trying to reduce.”

“Unfortunately, we are not yet at the limit.”

As for team boss Vowles, he also acknowledged at Silverstone: “We understand that we are not evolving the car quickly enough.”

“We have several things here, and a number of other elements will be introduced over the next six races. But in terms of chassis development pace, we are behind our rivals and we know it.”

Development Woes Haunt Williams F1 in Rivalry Chase. Development Woes Haunt Williams F1 in Rivalry Chase

Newsletter

Next Race
Hungarian GP18 Jul - 21 Jul
Time
UK
FP112:30
FP24:00
FP311:30
QU3:00
Race 2:00
Upcoming Events
Date Race
21 JULHUNGARIAN GP
28 JULBELGIAN GP
25 AUGDUTCH GP
01 SEPTITALIAN GP
15 SEPTAZERBAIJAN GP
Go toTop