What is the black color in the car related to the minimum weight

(Motorsport-Total.com) – There was more black to be seen in the Williams FW44 in the third race of the 2022 Formula 1 season in Australia, and there was good reason for that. Because the traditional British team is still looking for more power and less weight. Therefore, before the Melbourne Grand Prix, part of the dark blue had to give way.

More black than before: Williams FW44 by Alexander Albon in Melbourne


“Of course you always strive to make the car lighter,” explains Dave Robson, head of performance at Williams. “The color design plays its part in reducing the weight of the car.”

Or in the present case with Williams: no color. Because the team sent their car to the race in some places with a bare carbon fiber exterior, without any paint.

Robson continues, “It’s a pretty big job to get these cars underweight. We’ll continue to work on that as well, although we have no idea where we stand compared to the overweight issue. It’s hard to say.”

Slow lanes as a weak point for Williams

It’s easy to spot another shortfall in Williams, says Alexander Albon: “Our weakness at the moment is slowness above all else. The big teams seem to be in a much better position than anyone else. And we have to focus on that, because so far we’ve struggled in The slow points, especially on the brakes.”

Albon continues: The Williams FW44 is “fairly OK” only on the fast and mid-speed lanes. “Based on the GPS data, I’d say we’re average. Our car is also very efficient in terms of towing. We’re fast on the straights, and that helps too.”

In order to make all this better consistent, updates will be used which, according to Albon, should be available “soon”. “We want to improve the balance with this,” he explains. “But we’re not talking about a fundamental problem here. We just have to see that things get better.”

Which limits the balance on Williams

According to Robson, this is a recurring theme in Williams: balance. “We’ve made progress there and I think we’re starting to check really well in the chassis height, the fitting and the drilling to get the car in the right window.”

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“But if we don’t get it right, we run the risk of damaging the lower body, and that’s probably our limit,” he says. Robson believes Williams is “close” to a solution to the known jump reduction on the front axle.

“Otherwise, we just need more downforce to raise the tire temperature and make us faster overall. But: a lot of what you were used to is no longer relevant this year and you have to rethink it,” according to Tech Williams.

Robson primarily focuses on the lower body here, “to gain more efficient lower strength,” he says. “If we can increase the downforce a little bit here, but just get a little more drag, that would be perfect.”

Should the concept of the car be reconsidered?

Anyway, Williams wants to stick with the current car concept, at least in the current 2022 F1 season: “Of course you have to be open minded because there could be a better overall concept. But for now, I think our concept is a good fit. We have room to improve it.” more.”

The great difficulty lies in the upper end of the budget, as one has to balance things out. Robson: “Do I spend my money on new parts? Or do I wait a little longer to develop the wind tunnel until I finally get more for my money?”

“It’s a really tough decision because whether it’s correct or not also depends on what the competition is doing. So it’s kind of a game. It’s entertaining but challenging.”

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