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Williams confirm Albon will run exciting upgrades at British GP

Williams will be using Alex Albon to test out some exciting new parts at the upcoming British Grand Prix, the team only fitting the new upgrades to one car.

Dave Robson, Head of Vehicle Performance with the Williams F1 team, has confirmed that they will be running an updated aero package for their home race at the Silverstone Circuit this coming weekend. With the package on one of their contenders only, Robson has confirmed that it will run on Alex Albon’s car for the duration of the weekend. “We have an updated aero package for this weekend, which will run on Alex’s car only as we look to check its behaviour and confirm that it is working as intended,” he confirmed. “The bodywork and floor form the basis of the upgrade and are intended to efficiently increase the downforce of the car."

Williams excited for home race

The new parts will add even more excitement to the team's home race, one of the highlights of the season for the historic outfit. " The British Grand Prix is one of the highlights on the Formula One calendar, as well as being a traditional part of the British sporting summer," Robson added. "The Silverstone track is largely unchanged from last year and still presents a huge challenge for the cars, tyres and drivers. "The track is characterised by its high-speed corners and regular short straights, and the exposed Silverstone site means that the wind can have a dramatic and often unpredictable effect on the cars."

Next step: Understanding new parts

The reason only one car will run the new upgrade at Silverstone is because it could take a little bit of time for the team to understand just how to get the most out of them before the next event on the calendar in Austria. “We are looking forward to our home race and to understanding the new parts," Robson continued. "They are likely to change the balance and the handling of the car and it may take a little bit of time to harness them so that the drivers can get the most from them. “With next week’s race in Austria being a Sprint Event, we will be looking to get as much learning done this weekend as possible."

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