Jost Capito has said that Williams do not yet know whether they are going to be able to bring the new parts that were on Alex Albon’s car at Silverstone to the Austrian Grand Prix and give them to both drivers.
The team brought new parts to the British Grand Prix last weekend and put them on Alex Albon’s car, to see how much performance improvement they would give him compared to the old-spec car Nicholas Latifi was running.
However, the data they could have got was limited at very best, with wet running in FP1 meaning few laps were done, whilst in qualifying Albon was out in Q1.
Then, in the race of course, Albon was involved in the first corner shunt – one he thankfully got away from without injury after extra checks on him at Coventry Hospital – and so Williams are probably a little in the dark as to how well the new parts actually work.
Austria comes up this weekend, meanwhile, and whilst they’ll want to see what improvements they’ve made, Capito admits it’s hard to know whether both cars are going to be decked out with all the new bits and bobs given the short turnaround time between races and the fact there was such damage caused to Albon’s car:
Capito said: “We don’t know yet whether we will be able to equip both cars with all of our new parts just a few days after this accident.”
You have to feel sorry for Williams.
They worked so hard on these upgrades and going into the weekend they felt as though they were going to note some serious gains with them strapped onto Albon’s car.
The race never got going for him, though, and thankfully he’ll be back in Austria racing after a horrible incident – it just remains to be seen how many new parts he’ll be running with.