• Singapore Grand Prix

More upgrades for Williams in Singapore

ESPNF1 Staff
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Williams will have a new diffuser and front wing in Singapore © Sutton Images

Williams will have updates to the front and rear of its car for the Singapore Grand Prix and will test both during Friday practice.

The team has struggled for results this season and currently lies ninth in the championship with just five points from 13 races. However, technical director Sam Michael, who is set to leave the team after the Singapore Grand Prix weekend, said Williams is still pushing to bring upgrades to the car.

"We have an upgraded diffuser and a new front wing assembly for the first of the flyaways. We'll test both of them on Friday," he said. "Singapore has all the challenges, for both the drivers and engineers, of a classic street race, but with the addition of it also being held at night. There is a large improvement in track grip as the race weekend progresses. There are also more bumps and kerbs to deal with compared to normal and downforce is set to a maximum. Good traction with minimal understeer are always the focus of the car set-up here."

Williams driver Pastor Maldonado is expecting to face a steep learning curve on his first outing at Singapore but is hoping his strong record on street circuits will see him score a good result.

"Marina Bay is a new track for me so I will need to work hard to learn it ready for qualifying," he said. "It will be my first time in Singapore and my first time racing at night as well. Everyone has told me it is the most beautiful place so I'm looking forward to getting there. I really like street circuits so I think I can be quick there. We have some upgrades for this race that we hope will be a big improvement and help us better our last result."