Kolejne zdjęcia nowego Williamsa

Zespół Williamsa opublikował kolejne zdjęcia swojej nowej konstrukcji. W towarzyszącym im oświadczeniu prasowym czytamy, że samochód w dużej mierze przypomina swojego poprzednika, za wyjątkiem nosa. Według Pata Symondsa główną wadą FW36 była jego waga, co w nowym projekcie udało się w dużej mierze zniwelować. Prace projektowe nad FW37 zostały zakończone w okresie letniej przerwy w rywalizacji, a nowe przepisy dotyczące kształtu nosa były powodem bólu głowy u projektantów.

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Pat Symonds:

“The notion for the FW37 was to look closely at the FW36 and its performances. We then went about recognising what had worked well and identifying and resolving the areas that we felt needed to be improved. Although the aerodynamics of the car were impressive there is always room for improvement particularly as we handle the new 2015 nose regulations.”

“The first conceptual stage of the FW37 came before the FW36 had turned a wheel. The main element to this is understanding the rule changes and how they will affect the design of the car, from here we can start see if our ideas will fit within the regulations.”

“The desire to beat Ferrari to third place in the Constructors’ in 2014 meant we pushed our development through to late autumn, but the size of the team is now at a point where it was able to sustain this development whilst still working on the FW37.”

“We felt we came up against design barriers in the FW36 and so took the opportunity to remove those barriers for the benefit of the performance. The FW36 carried a reasonable amount of ballast, so we were able to make alterations to the design for added performance without the fear of adding excessive mass.”

“The change in regulations offered us a slight headache. The new front bulkhead and nose geometry had much more of an impact than we had initially anticipated and the effect on the aero was profound. The team have worked hard on pulling back the deficit these regulations have made for us.”

“The more rule stability there is, the closer the field gets. I hope as a team we are more capable of maintaining the forward momentum to catch Mercedes, than the teams behind us are of catching us. It’s not just about stable regulations but also about the team and every individual that works here moving forward and improving.”