For once, it was Nicholas Latifi who finished ahead of Alexander Albon at Williams F1. The Canadian, on a strategy of three pit stops, only ranked 16th but at least he saved appearances this Sunday…
“We struggled today with the overall pace, but it was also tough on tire degradation and physically due to the extreme heat. That said, I’m happy with the way we managed the tires and it’s good to have an aggressive strategy that allowed us to push a bit more. I enjoyed chasing Kevin Magnussen at the end, especially since the Haas is a much faster car than us on paper, and even if we didn’t fight for points, that’s still something with which we are satisfied. »
Alexander Albon was at one point in the race more than 40 seconds behind his teammate: but what happened? Two explanations for the Thai: a strategy with four pit stops; and a contact during its stop which damaged its flat bottom, a critical part in F1.
“It was a difficult day; I damaged the flat bottom after my first stop, which greatly affected the performance of the car. There was a lot of tire degradation and I really struggled with speed, especially in a few corners. It’s unfortunate because it means we weren’t really lucky today, but sometimes it’s the race and we’ll do it again next week in Monaco. »
It’s a Grand Prix to forget for Williams, ten years after Pastor Maldonado’s victory here. Dave Robson, Performance Director, provides an update.
“It was stifling hot today which pushed everyone to the limit. We had prepared the cars for these conditions, but despite this we were not able to make as much progress during the Grand Prix as we had hoped. Managing the pace and tire degradation was very difficult, but Nicholas still managed to have a good race and manage his tires well enough to catch Magnussen towards the end of the race and take sixteenth place. »
“Alex got off to a good start and although he wasn’t able to make much progress at the start, he was able to stay with the peloton and give us the opportunity to progress with the strategy. Unfortunately, it suffered major damage to the flat bottom, which cost it a lot of downforce. This effect on pacing and degradation was brutal and ruined Alex’s race before it really started. »
“The layout of the Barcelona circuit, the very high track temperatures and the damage to Alex’s car tested the FW44 to new limits and gave us good data to highlight where we need to focus. our car development efforts. However, our attention immediately shifts to Monaco, which will present a whole new set of challenges for the 2022 cars, but should also give us the opportunity to achieve a much better weekend. »