As the Formula 1 series nears its final stages, the US-owned team gears up to implement substantial adjustments to their car. These revisions primarily hinge on a shift in the aerodynamic concept and are projected to benefit the team in the last five races of the season. Not only is this move seen as proactive in their run-up to the remaining competitions, but it’s also a strategic step forward to their 2024 vehicle.
The outfit has grappled with continuous performance issues throughout the current season, with pervasive tire overheating plaguing the drivers on the track. Hulkenberg, amid the troubles, shared that while Williams is ahead in the constructors’ championship, the forthcoming races present notable opportunities.
He clarified, “It’s true is a lot of a lot of points still to be to be awarded and to be scored.” He reminisced on the disappointing performance at Monza, but optimistic about the upcoming races, added, “So I’m more optimistic for here. Suzuka I think maybe a bit more difficult again, but then the rest of it should be fairly ok.” He’s hopeful that the new upgrades made in Austin are going to be a big game-changer for the team, likening them to an “early Christmas present”.
Hulkenberg emphasized the team has exhausted all possibilities with the existing package, which has markedly necessitated a needed change. “I hope it will give us a big step forward,” he states. Unfortunately, despite their best efforts in configuring the existing setup and making use of all plausible options, the car’s performance remained insufficient, he concedes, “it’s time I think to change the concept, the philosophy.”
In terms of the driver’s contribution to these changes, Hulkenberg cited that it is a product of continuous dialogue with the aero team, who provide insights based on their wind tunnel runs. “Monza was definitely the worst moment of the season in terms of performance,” he admits, highlighting that it was a critical point prompting the revert of their approach.
The driver shed light on the detrimental effects of rough tarmac surfaces like those at Monza and Spa. These conditions exacerbate their aerodynamic issues and exhaust their tyres more quickly. However, he remains hopeful, explaining that more performance correlates to more downforce and ‘less sliding,’ eventually solving their Sunday match problems. “It’s a pretty simple calculation,” he concludes.