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Why Singapore changes have Williams optimistic

The FW45 would not be considered a car suited to Singapore's Marina Bay circuit with its high downforce requirements.

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The track layout changes to the Singapore Grand Prix have left Williams optimistic of continuing its good form in the Formula 1 midfield.

Turns 16-19 at Marina Bay have been removed for the 2023 race owing to on-going construction work, with a flat-out blast connecting the old Turns 15 and 20 now in place instead of cars snaking under the grandstand.

For Williams, this is a benefit with its FW45 package better in a straight line as opposed to the high downforce demands of the old section of track.

It is a key change that Head of Vehicle Performance Dave Robson believes will

Williams hopeful

"I think it probably will, and obviously changing the circuit to the alternative layout helps us because four corners have been taken away," Robson told media including RacingNews365 when asked if Singapore would be a good test to see how much progress has been made by the team.

"That will change the nature of the circuit quite a lot, not so much in terms of the downforce level but in terms of braking, which is always difficult.

"The energy that the brakes have to deal with, the rear tyre degradation is always very difficult by the time we get to that last sector.

"So to have those corners taken away from that part of the circuit has changed the characteristics certainly quite a lot for everybody.

"It will play slightly more to the strength of this car."

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