Williams to run new aero package for British GP at Silverstone
By Berthold Bouman
Williams has a new aero package for their home Grand Prix at Silverstone, according to Williams’ Chief Operations Engineer Mark Gillan. “We will bring an updated aerodynamic package to the event which is imperative given the importance of aerodynamic efficiency around this track and how tight the grid is at present,” said Gillan.
What does Gillan think of the circuit? “Silverstone is a great circuit, with the highest average corner speed of any circuit in the championship and is a good challenge for both the driver and car.” But he is aware of the ever-changing British weather, “The long range forecast doesn’t look particularly promising, predicting a reasonable chance of rain and strong winds throughout the weekend, which could lead to an eventful qualifying and race.”
Winner of the Spanish Grand Prix, Pastor Maldonado, reckons Silverstone will certainly suit the Williams. “I think the track will suit our car because it’s similar to Barcelona and it’s also very fun to drive with sections like Maggots and Becketts which really test you as a driver. The pace of the car in Valencia was very promising and we have a number of updates expected for this race as well so hopefully we can give the home fans a good result,” the Venezuelan said.
Bruno Senna is also hopeful ahead of the race, “Our car has good pace at the high down force tracks and is good on high-speed corners as well so it should suit Silverstone. Whilst we didn’t get the result we were hoping for in Valencia we showed that our car can be very competitive and with more updates planned for this race I’m optimistic about what we can achieve.”
Williams is currently seventh in the Constructors’ Championship, and Maldonado and Senna are 10th and 15th in the Drivers’ Championship.