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Williams F1 Eyes Comeback at Saudi GP 2024

Williams F1 Eyes Comeback at Saudi GP

05/03/2024

Williams F1 experienced a first race in line with performance expectations, yet disappointing in terms of reliability. Dave Robson, the team’s Head of Performance, hopes to continue demonstrating progress at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix this weekend.

“We encountered a few issues last week in Bahrain, notably with engine cooling and the steering wheel. We’ve used the days leading up to the Jeddah event to address these issues, and we approach this race with increased confidence in the FW46,” Robson stated.

“The field was incredibly tight in Bahrain, and it will be interesting to see how this evolves as we move to a very different challenge here in Saudi Arabia. The Jeddah circuit is fast and flowing and presents very different challenges to drivers and cars than the Sakhir circuit.”

“Pirelli is bringing the middle of its tire range for this event, which is another significant change from last week. It’s likely that all teams will lower their downforce levels, which could alter the pecking order on race day.”

An “opportunity to bounce back” after Bahrain

Alex Albon is eager to perform better in Saudi Arabia and to fight closer to the top 10: “After a disappointing first race, it’s good to dive back in and put all our efforts into this week.”

“Jeddah is a fun circuit, where confidence is key thanks to its fast and flowing nature. It will be interesting to move to another circuit and see how the FW46 performs. I hope we can learn from Bahrain and use that knowledge this weekend in the fight for the midfield.”

Logan Sargeant is confident that the issues experienced last weekend will not recur: “We’ve utilized the time between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia to understand and resolve the issues we faced last weekend.”

“Despite these issues, the start of the race was positive, and we can draw inspiration from that for the second round. From my experience, Jeddah is one of the fastest circuits on the calendar, if not the fastest, featuring many high-speed corners and little room for error.”

“The midfield battle seems tight after the first race, with very little separating the teams. We have a great opportunity to immediately bounce back and achieve a positive result.”

Williams F1 Eyes Comeback at Saudi GP. Williams F1 Eyes Comeback at Saudi GP

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