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Williams F1's Aussie GP Surprise A Real Possibility

Williams F1’s Aussie GP Surprise: A Real Possibility?

20/03/2024

Williams F1 eyes a breakthrough at the Australian GP, banking on the FW46’s compatibility with Melbourne’s track and strategic tire choices.

Can Williams F1 Spring a Surprise at the Australian Grand Prix This Weekend? That’s the hope among the drivers and technical staff at the Grove-based team, with the Melbourne circuit looking promising for the FW46.

Dave Robson, head of team performance, is eager to build on the FW45’s strong showing last year, even as softer tires play a crucial role: “Returning to Melbourne is always good. The car performed well here last year.”

“This gives us a solid foundation for this weekend. The biggest change for 2024 is in the tire compounds, with Pirelli bringing the three softest compounds to Albert Park.”

“This will influence both qualifying and race strategy and present an interesting challenge for the drivers. The weather forecast looks fairly stable for the weekend, with a cool breeze prevailing over the three days.”

“This breeze usually brings cooler air and a slight chance of rain. If the weather stays dry, the drivers will have the opportunity to get into a rhythm and gradually improve their cars as the track grip increases.”

Albon Hopes Melbourne Remains “A Highlight”

Last year, Alex Albon was contending for sixth place when a mistake sent him into the wall, ending his race (see photo below). The Thai driver is confident of a strong result again on a layout he enjoys and suits his team.

“I’m excited to be back in Melbourne, where there’s always a great atmosphere in the city and the fans are very passionate. I’m looking forward to getting back in the car and testing the FW46 at Albert Park. Melbourne has always been a good circuit for us, so I’m curious to see if it continues to be a highlight,” notes Albon.

“I hope we can do well this year and learn more about our car’s performance with the changes. It’s one of the best and most enjoyable circuits we go to, and the fans always provide a great show, so I’m really looking forward to it.”

Logan Sargeant, meanwhile, hopes to quickly find his pace to capitalize on the potential strong performance of his car: “I’m looking forward to racing in Melbourne this weekend. The fans create an incredible atmosphere that makes this race special.”

“My aim is to find a good rhythm on Friday and build on it throughout the weekend. We know the field is closely matched, but as a team, we’re looking for that extra something that will allow us to move forward.”

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