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Williams follow Red Bull with radical upgrades to F1 car

Alex Albon will try out a new upgrade package for Williams this weekend at the British Grand Prix. The Grove-based team seem to be following in the footsteps of Red Bull.

Williams appear to have followed the lead of Red Bull and other F1 teams in the direction of their upgrades package for the British Grand Prix. The RB18 has proved to be successful so far in 2022. Aston Martin have gone down a similar route with their concept, Toto Wolff has indicated that Mercedes is considering doing the same, and now Williams seem to have taken a similar approach. During the squad's home race at Silverstone, Alex Albon will be using a new upgrade package for the Williams FW44. Nicholas Latifi will get it in a few races, as there was not enough time to have two packages ready now. The Grove-based team, like Mercedes, used to have very thin sidepods that tapered off very quickly, but have now chosen to enlarge them considerably and extend them further back.

Many changes at Williams

Williams have explained that the sidepods have been redesigned to provide a better balance between cooling capabilities and the ability to manage airflow across the front of the car. The sidepods should give the team more control over the airflow to the rear of the car. In addition to the sidepods, there have also been upgrades to several other components. It is the first major update of the season for Williams. It includes a new front wing, but the floor has also been altered. All of this has been done to direct the airflow to the rear of the car more efficiently. The same goes for some changes to the Halo, which has been given some small winglets. In the process, the so-called 'coke bottle' at the rear of the bonnet has also been changed. This is accompanied by a new layout of all the cooling elements in the rear of the FW44. The cooling slots, gills as it were, have therefore also been given new positions, higher up on the bonnet. Finally, the diffuser has also been changed, which should make the car stick to the ground better and thus create more downforce. Check out more pictures of the new Williams in the pit box below.

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