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Williams seeks front wing solution

ESPNF1 Staff
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Williams only finished a race for the first time this season in China © Sutton Images
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Williams technical director Sam Michael says that the team have been focussing on the car's front wing in an attempt to improve the performance of the FW33.

Having looked quick in testing, Williams have endured a disastrous start to the season, with neither car finishing the opening two races and Pastor Maldonado being beaten on pace by a Lotus in China. Despite the troubles, Michael says the car is fundamentally quick, and that the front wing appears to be masking its full potential.

"The basis of the car should be good enough to fight for fourth place behind the three top teams," he told Auto Motor und Sport."We are taking a new version to Turkey and we will go further with this concept in Barcelona and Monte Carlo. We have discovered in the wind tunnel a new development direction for the front wing. The step in Turkey will already be quite big."

Michael said that Williams were suffering similar problems to Ferrari, in that the data from its wind tunnel was not correlating to the track. Nevertheless, he felt that an updated rear wing should also see the team become more competitive.

"At the factory we have seen a lot of progress in every area, but not all of it has been seen at the track. Mercedes has had up to 7kph more (top speed) than us. That's the other side of the coin, with our new [rear] wing we hope to get it just right."

Michael has previously said that a new exhaust similar to that used by Red Bull would be trialled in Barcelona following previously unsuccessful developments in the area, and he hoped that would allow Williams to challenge for points consistently.

"Then we should be able to bring the cars into the top ten," he said.