F1 teams are running a complex campaign with the widely carried over car concepts that were introduced in early 2020, but have been kept for another year so teams don’t have to make major progress on their cars to the 2022 rules. reset during the first economic setbacks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The decision to delay the introduction of the new cars from 2021 to 2022 also means they are now produced under F1’s new cost cap restrictions.
The situation means that many teams are already entering the final stages of developments planned for their 2021 challengers – Haas reaching that point at the end of winter testing.
Ferrari sporting director Laurent Mekies said during the Spanish GP weekend that the Italian team was already “90% or 95%” focused on 2022, which Dave Robson, responsible for the performance of the teams, said. vehicles at Williams, said comparable to the situation of his team.
“We’re probably not too far from that, I think,” Robson said. “Certainly, the time spent in the wind tunnel is almost entirely next year’s car.
“The large majority, [or] a massively high proportion of the aeronautics department is all working on next year’s car. The same design office.
“So we’re just in the last throes of the latest stuff for this car. Yeah, we’re probably very similar to Ferrari in those percentages.
George Russell, Williams FW43B
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But Robson believes that “there is still” performance to be found with the FW43B, which continued the FW43’s tendency to be quick in qualifying before falling back in the race, while also suffering from severe sensitivity in windy conditions. .
Robson added, “There are a few things that we’re not completely aware of – a few test pieces that we had on the car, we took over and are still refining.
“So I think there is still a little more to be learned.
“It probably won’t change our world massively over the course of the season, but there is still more to come. Absolutely.
“We will continue to push this. I think we can take advantage of it a little more.