Vowles fears Albon and Sargeant crashes will impact development

The recent outings of Alex Albon and Logan Sargeant could have consequences on the production of developments according to James Vowles.

Published on 14/04/2024 à 17:16

Gonzalo Forbes

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Vowles fears Albon and Sargeant crashes will impact development

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Australia, Japan… The last two Grands Prix contested have done a lot of harm to Williams, both in terms of the portfolio and the stock of spare parts. In Melbourne, there is no need to reshoot the film. But Alex Albon went out violently during EL1 forcing James Vowles, the main team, to choose not to line up Logan sargeant who “lent” his chassis to his teammate.

At Suzuka, the American in turn went there during the first free practice session with an accident, due to a personal error. In the race, Alex Albon did it again with a collision, although unintentional, with Daniel Ricciardo which caused further serious damage, particularly to the chassis. In two weeks, the toll has been very heavy for James Vowles and Williams, whose resources are not necessarily unlimited. Especially since the Grove team finds itself in a delicate sporting situation.

Internally, the recent misadventures of the drivers are a stain as the English team tries to take off after years of sluggishness. Indeed, these accidents force factory personnel to concentrate on repairs, such as the chassis, while a third replacement is under construction, thus slowing down the development process.

« As for the damage caused by the accident, probably the most important item is the fact that over the last two races we have lost a number of floor pans, rear wings, front wings, notes James Vowles. Suspension elements and gearboxes were also affected.

This is a very large list and it is difficult to keep pace with the quantity of spare parts required while working on developments in the background. We still anticipate a financial impact, but clearly not in two weeks as is currently the case, but rather spread over the 24 races of the season."

Williams, which was releasing some new features on its FW46, was not able to collect much data to analyze after Japan, much to the regret of the main team.

« This will impact what we do in terms of performance later in the yearHe says. The developments we brought to Japan through hard work are unfortunately being destroyed.

Once again, this prevents us from being efficient during the next races, the time to replenish a stock… This therefore has a short term impact but also a little in the medium term on our situation. » Alex Albon and Logan Sargeant are now warned.

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Gonzalo Forbes

In charge of promotion formulas (F2, F3, FRECA, F4...). Carried by the grace of Franco Colapinto.

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Yves-Henri RANDIER

13/04/2024 at 12:38 a.m.

All this does not bode well for Williams Racing which still seems to have resource problems... the "poorest" team on the 2024 grid?

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