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Vowles confirms Williams developmental shift

Unlike some other teams, Williams will not deliver any more upgrades to its 2023 car.

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Williams Team Principal James Vowles has said his team has fully shifted development focus onto its 2024 car.

While some teams, such as Haas and Aston Martin, have committed to continuing to deliver upgrades to their 2023 cars, Vowles insisted that Williams were looking more into the future.

"The car we [currently] have, that's it. Unlike Haas, who are a fierce adversary, we don't have anything more coming for the remainder of the year, so we have to try and pick up the points that are going to be available to us when they're going to be available to us," Vowles told media, including RacingNews365.

"The focus – and not just now, but actually from a while back – has been on 2024, and part of the focus on 2025 and 2026 as well."

Williams looking to the future despite 2023 fight

Williams is currently embroiled in a fight with Haas, Alfa Romeo and AlphaTauri at the bottom end of the Constructors' Championship, but Vowles noted that a longer-term view sometimes meant taking a step back in order to take two steps forward.

"At the moment, we're in a fierce battle for this tenth, ninth, eighth, seventh. I want the team to be in a fierce battle for positions above there, and you can't do that by continuously developing what you have at the moment," said Vowles.

"You do that by thinking forward into the future, and that will have a cost associated with it, potentially even going backwards for a year, but to go forwards again in the future."

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