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Williams F1's Near Miss for Points in Melbourne

Williams F1’s Near Miss for Points in Melbourne

26/03/2024

Williams F1 nearly scored points in Melbourne, an achievement that is impressive in its own right. Following Alex Albon’s crash, the subsequent withdrawal of Logan Sargeant, and limited track time, Dave Robson, the team’s Head of Performance, stated that it was challenging to perform better.

“Due to our issues on Friday, not having run long stints with a heavy fuel load until the race, we started off on the back foot in Australia,” Robson remarked.

“We were aware that graining would be an issue, especially after the mandatory tire pressures were raised on Friday night. However, we did not do enough to mitigate the problem, leaving Alex caught between front graining and rear tire degradation.”

“The car was not fast enough in race configuration this weekend, forcing Alex to seek lap time by pushing his tires, which hastened their degradation and left us unable to compete with the cars we should be able to race against.”

And the engineer conceded that retirements in the top 10 added to the frustration: “The fact that this coincided with a race featuring several retirements of fast cars is even more frustrating because there’s no reason why, with more running on Friday, we couldn’t have contended with Yuki Tsunoda or the Haas cars for points.”

“It was a challenging weekend for obvious reasons, and even though the team’s attitude was very impressive, we leave Melbourne disappointed with the outcome. We will be in Japan in two weeks, looking forward to addressing the very different demands of the Suzuka circuit.”

Williams F1’s Near Miss for Points in Melbourne. Williams F1’s Near Miss for Points in Melbourne

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