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Vowles Suzuka Crashes Stall Williams F1 Progress

Suzuka Accidents Stymie Williams F1 Development

12/04/2024

Following a severe crash at Suzuka, Williams F1 opts for factory-based chassis repairs.

James Vowles, the Williams F1 Team Principal, outlined why the British team decided to send Alex Albon’s chassis back to Grove for repairs. After sustaining heavy damage at Suzuka, it was simpler than fixing it at the circuit.

“It was quite a significant crash for Alex,” Vowles stated. “The car hit the tire barrier, and the deceleration was quite substantial. Fortunately, both Alex and Daniel are fine. This kind of accident could result in an injury, and we were lucky in this instance.”

“As for the chassis itself, it could have been repaired at the circuit. However, we can do a much better job by sending it back to the factory. The repair will be lighter than what we would have had to do on site and more thorough. So, there is damage, but nothing we can’t fix, and the car will be back in China.”

The need to rebuild parts that were previously ready is a constraint on the progress of development projects for Williams. Also, it will be impossible for the team to bring two upgraded cars to Shanghai again, as the two updated packages were destroyed in Japan.

“Regarding the damage from the accident, the most significant element is probably that over the last two races, we have lost a number of floors, rear wings, and front wings.”

“Suspension elements and gearboxes were also affected. This is a very significant list, and it’s difficult to manage the amount of spare parts needed while working on performance enhancements in the background.”

“We always plan for a certain level of financial attrition of components, but clearly not in two weeks as is currently the case, but rather spread over a 24-race season.”

As Vowles confirms, the destruction of the updates is a short-term hindrance for Williams: “It will impact our performance later in the year. The performance components we brought to Japan through hard work are unfortunately destroyed.”

“Once again, this prevents us from achieving performances in the upcoming races while we rebuild our stocks. So, it’s a bit of a short-term impact and a bit of a medium-term impact on our situation.”

Vowles: Suzuka Crashes Stall Williams F1 Progress

Vowles: Suzuka Crashes Stall Williams F1 Progress. Vowles: Suzuka Crashes Stall Williams F1 Progress

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