Williams ‘in good shape’ with ‘super tidy’ FW43B – Roberts
Williams Racing heads into pre-season testing next week in Bahrain “in good shape” according to team boss Simon Roberts, thanks to a drama-free car build and a few development options that shall be available at the outset for its FW43B.
The Grove-based squad has enjoyed a productive 2021 preparation period, free of the troubles or shenanigans that have undermined its run-up to a new campaign in the past.
The timely completion of its 2021 challenger followed by an early shakedown bode well for Williams, as does the development of its FW43B which the team hopes will allow it to fend off its rivals in the lower tier of F1’s midfield.
“It’s been busy, but we’re in really good shape,” said Roberts who took over the reins of the British outfit from Claire Williams following the team’s acquisition by new owner Dorilton Capitol.
“I’ve never done a car build like this, where we’ve actually been able to build all the chassis before they go in the freight, we’ve done a shakedown, we’ve done the filming. It’s all gone to plan.
“It’s really, really nice to be able to tick everything off. All those things that you put in your plan and don’t always get to do, we’ve actually done it all.
“So, really, really pleased. It’s been a great team effort.”
Williams’ main efforts regarding its 2021 car have been directed at regaining part of the downforce lost to this year’s technical regulations through changes to the car’s floor, bargeboards and brake ducts.
But the team’s development work has also led to a “super tidy” design that has shed some weight.
“It’s quite a unique experience for the whole grid effectively to be carrying over homologated cars,” commented Roberts.
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“So we all understand our cars, we all know their weaknesses and strengths. And so through the winter, we’ve put in a huge amount of effort to address those kinds of things.
“So underneath the skin, the car is really super tidy. I’m really, really pleased what everybody’s done.
“We’ve managed to save some weight, which is important. And we have done aero, obviously on the car to try and recover as much downforce as we can because that’s what we’re all trying to do.
“So, we’ve learned, and I think we’ve done the right things, but until we get in Bahrain and do the test, who knows, but that’s what we’re hoping for.”