Williams, a weekend that is good for the wallet

In China, Williams did not have his best weekend, far from it. However, the Grove team left the Middle Kingdom with both cars in one piece, which is already a small victory.

Published on 23/04/2024 à 15:50

Yannis Duval

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Williams, a weekend that is good for the wallet

Albon does not manage to pass this milestone, to get into the points. ©DPPI

Still no points for Williams at the start of the season, but we saw better during the Chinese Grand Prix. For once, Logan sargeant et Alexander albon didn't end up in the wall with the frame folded in half, that's already done!

Remember, during Free Practice 1 in Australia, the Thai made a mistake which forced the Grove team to only be able to field one car on the grid on Sunday. And for good reason, there was no replacement chassis available, a rare enough occurrence to be highlighted. Williams will then have to return the car in their factory and having to repair it so that it is ready for the next race. However, history will repeat itself in Japan... 

In Free Practice, Logan Sargeant makes a mistake. Fortunately for the British team, the chassis is intact but the rest is not, it will nevertheless be able to continue the weekend. On Sunday this time, Albon hangs on with Ricciardo and ended up in the wall from the first hectometers. The chassis is touched again, back to square one.

 

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Rest for the mechanics!

After taking out the checkbook several times in recent weeks, Williams was left alone by her drivers for the Chinese Grand Prix (April 19-21). No damage has been reported to the cars, to the great pleasure of the mechanics who will have the right to a few days of rest.

Apart from the fact that no damage affected the British team, the weekend was not really flamboyant. Too far from the fight for points, as always, Logan Sargeant remained stuck in the abyss of the ranking and could not do better than 17th (three retirements were to be deplored). For his part Alex Albon, always tramples in the same positions; entering the top 10.

“The race was decent today, explained the Thai. We ultimately didn't have the pace to overtake [Esteban] Or with at the end of the race and he defended himself well.
We understand the car's problems, but immediate solutions are not going to solve them. We will need some changes to the car to improve our performance. »

Logan Sargeant, for his part, experienced a real ordeal. The American was nowhere and probably had his worst weekend of the season in terms of race pace.

“It was a difficult weekend as we struggled to get the car into the correct window. We had good times and bad times. The first part of the race was solid, the start with the Softs was very good. When we put the hard tires on, I couldn't get them to work and suffered from degradation. »

Although there are still no points in the standings Williams teams had an overall average Grand Prix. However, no breakage to report which already constitutes a step forward. All that remains is to seek performance to regain, at a minimum, its position from last year. Easier said than done unfortunately...

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