In its push to create extra downforce and cut back the drag on its FW43B automotive for 2021, Williams opted for an aggressive design approach that causes its performance to dip in windy conditions.
Williams driver Russell struggled with the gusty circumstances throughout each pre-season testing and the opening grand prix of the yr in Bahrain, which means he may solely end the race in 14th place.
Russell felt the consequence was the “most we now have anticipated” given the circumstances, which he felt made for a “worst-case state of affairs” for Williams in Bahrain.
He in contrast the group’s struggles to that of Mercedes, which grappled with an unstable rear finish on its W12 automotive all through testing and solely narrowly received the race forward of Pink Bull after Max Verstappen handed Lewis Hamilton outdoors observe limits and was unable to challenge again after being forced to yield the position.
“One thing as substantial as that may require an entire re-design, which clearly we’ve not completed,” Russell defined.
“It’s what we’ve bought, it’s what numerous groups have gotten. Time will inform, however I consider that doubtlessly Mercedes are in the identical boat.
“They in all probability struggled this weekend greater than you’ll see them battle at races within the close to future. Pink Bull, and the likes of Alfa Romeo, have been extra aggressive relative to the sector than we’ll see in races to return.
“If you’re driving round at 300 km/h, 50 km/h wind makes a distinction. You possibly can think about at 50 km/h, it’s with like gusts of 60, 70 km/h.”
Race winner Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes celebrates in Parc Ferme with George Russell, Williams
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Williams is planning to provide some upgrades for the FW43B in a bid to treatment a number of the wind sensitivity challenge, feeling that a greater understanding of the philosophy can even assist with future automotive designs.
New GPDA director Russell continues to be but to attain any F1 factors whereas racing for Williams, however was extra hopeful of the group’s prospects for subsequent weekend’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola.
“It’s very completely different to Bahrain, so that you’ve bought two ends of the spectrum,” Russell mentioned of Imola.
“Bahrain, you’ve bought numerous slow-speed corners, very uncovered, typically very windy. Imola is excessive velocity corners, the angle of these corners are much less. There are extra 90 diploma corners versus 180 diploma corners.
“It is extremely enclosed with all of the timber and the buildings round, so we’re going to extremes actually. [I’m] not essentially saying Imola is within the high finish, but it surely’s in all probability within the high half [of tracks for Williams], let’s say.”