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Williams F1 Faces Tough Recovery After Solo Run

Williams F1 Faces Tough Recovery After Solo Run

03/04/2024

After a challenging weekend necessitating a single-driver strategy, Williams F1 tackles tire wear issues and preps for Suzuka.

Williams F1 is recovering from one of its toughest weekends, marked by the necessity to run only one driver following a crash in free practice. Dave Robson, the team’s head of performance, anticipates very high tire wear on the FW46.

“It’s only been a few months since our last visit to Japan, and tackling this magnificent circuit at a slightly different time of year will be interesting. The current forecast predicts cool and calm conditions, but there’s a possibility of heavy showers impacting the event,” notes Robson.

“Suzuka remains an extremely challenging track that demands a lot from the car, tires, and drivers. Pirelli will supply the hardest compounds for this weekend, and these should perform well on Suzuka’s high-energy, low-abrasion track.”

“The cooler conditions will affect tire performance, and we aim to understand these effects during both qualifying and the race. We have put in a lot of work at Grove since returning from Melbourne and, as a result, are in a strong position to compete in an intense race at Suzuka.”

Albon is “very grateful” for the effort

Alex Albon will return to his chassis this weekend after the team worked tirelessly to repair it. The Thai driver expresses his gratitude to everyone involved and looks forward to returning to the Japanese GP circuit.

“I’m really looking forward to Suzuka, one of my favorite tracks, and of course, seeing the incredible Japanese fans,” said Albon. “Australia was clearly not the race we wanted to have as a team, and unfortunately, it highlighted the journey we still have ahead.”

“Despite this, the team, both trackside and at Grove, has impressively come together to fix the car and get it back on track in time, something we’re all very grateful for.”

Logan Sargeant acknowledges that Melbourne was very tough for him, but he hopes to bounce back this weekend at Suzuka by running the entire Grand Prix: “Australia was arguably the most challenging weekend I’ve faced as a driver, and the same goes for the team.”

“I really appreciate the fans who supported us with their incredible encouragement at the track and from home. I plan to put this tough moment behind us, learn from it, and continue making progress together this season.”

“Between races, I took the opportunity to visit Bali to stay mentally and physically fit, spending a lot of time in the gym. I’m thrilled to be returning to Japan so early in the season. Suzuka is an iconic circuit and a favorite among everyone. I’m eager to get back there.”

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