Williams’ Silverstone upgrade, which is said to improve performance by up to a second, seems to be working well in Formula 1 so far. Alexander Albon, who is the only one with the upgrade on the car, was a second faster than team-mate Nicholas Latifi without the upgrade in practice on Friday and says it felt “very strong”.
Williams has given the FW44 a major update package ahead of the UK race, drawing inspiration from the Red Bull concept. With the improved car, Albon finished 14th in the second session.
“It was difficult because nobody really drove much in the first practice session,” says the Thai. “And if you have an update, you need a lot of kilometers, but we didn’t have that today.” Because Albon only managed 14 laps in the afternoon.
“We had a small problem at the end of the second practice session and therefore couldn’t do a proper long run,” said the Williams driver. “We did maybe six or seven timed laps, but every time we were out on the track we looked really strong,” he says.
Albon gives Q2 as a target
“Sometimes updates require a big set-up change and while we need one, hopefully it should be possible to get the car into a better window overnight,” said Albon.
He hopes his Williams can fight for a place in Q2, which he last achieved in Montreal – for the first time since the season started in Bahrain.
“The hope is that we can get the car in a good window and get the balance right so that I can use the car and push. And if I get confidence in the car then that in itself is a good achievement,” says he.
“Looking at it from a purely numbers perspective, Q2 would be an obvious target. That would be a reasonable place to hope for.”