• Turkish Grand Prix

Williams to revert to old front wing

ESPNF1 Staff
May 24, 2010 « Massa contract talks underway | »
Williams has been forced to revert to its old front wing for Turkey © Sutton Images

Williams technical director Sam Michael says that the team has been forced to revert to an older specification front wing for the Turkish Grand Prix following the crashes of both drivers in Monaco.

A damaged front wing was responsible for pitching Nico Hulkenberg into the barriers while a loose manhole cover caused Rubens Barrichello's spectacular crash out of Ste. Devote.

"We've spent the past week or so manufacturing new parts in readiness for Istanbul after the damage we sustained in Monaco," said Michael. "All of the items that needed replacing have been replaced now, apart from the front wings which require more time. As a result, we have to revert back to a previous specification for this race and wait until Montreal for the updated version."

Despite the setback on the aero package, Michael is hoping for a performance boost on the engine side from supplier Cosworth.

"Cosworth have been working hard on the issues we have been seeing during the first part of the season and have had some positive indications from their dyno work.

"Istanbul will be an opportunity for us to test how these solutions look on the track. In line with our development programme, both FW32s will have new brake ducts for Istanbul and some additional mechanical changes."