Williams will be introducing several new upgrades to their car for this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix, with the Grove-based outfit striving to remain competitive on a circuit they believe will not suit their FW36.
Although Valtteri Bottas has romped to three successive podium finishes during the last three races, securing 51 points along the way, Williams head to the 11th round of the season at Budapest with the impression that the tight and twisty 4.831km circuit might not suit the characteristics of their Mercedes-powered car.
Williams have undoubtedly enjoyed a resurgence in 2014, securing 121 points after the first ten races which has enabled them to rise ahead of Ferrari in the Constructors’ Championship for the first time since 2009.
However, it has become apparent that whilst their FW36 car excels on fast circuits such as Silverstone and the Red Bull Ring, it struggles on slower circuits such as Monaco and Bahrain in comparison to the likes of rivals Ferrari, Red Bull and Force India.
Despite this the Grove-based outfit has high hopes of battling this trend by introducing several upgrades ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix, which they hope will boost their car’s grip in the corners.
The Hungaroring circuit at Budapest has become renowned since it’s first appearance on the Formula One calendar for it’s almost Monaco-like feel, with some drivers stating that the 16-turn circuit is like Monaco but without the walls.
“Budapest is the last race before the summer break,” said Valtteri Bottas, who won at the Hungaroring back in 2011 while racing in GP3. “We are aiming for a good result there so we head into the holidays with a good feeling. We know it’s not the best circuit for our car but we are working on getting more grip in the corners and we have some upgrades that should help as well.
“Qualifying is very important as it’s not an easy track to overtake at; normally the race is hot as well so tyre degradation will be high. A good few practice sessions should help us get the set-up right.”
For the Hungarian Grand Prix Pirelli will offer the medium and soft tyre compound, the same two compounds that were on offer last year.
Although the Hungaroring is not a race that is usually struck with high amounts of tyre degradation, the endless stream of corners has become renowned for creating high rear-tyre graining for the drivers, with even front-tyre graining becoming an issue in recent years.
For Williams, a productive start to the weekend will be their top priority as they strive to add their upgrades to their cars in a bid to enjoy yet another competitive race weekend.
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