Damage forces Williams to revert to older front wing

The damage sustained to the two Williams cars in Monte Carlo two weeks ago has forced the team to bolt an older front wing configuration on for next weekend’s event in Turkey.

Nico Hulkenberg crashed out early in the race in the Tunnel section, while Rubens Barrichello was later the unfortunate victim of a loose drain cover. Both accidents were sizeable and were thought to require a lot of work on the team’s part.

Technical director Sam Michael testified to the work the mechanics had been doing.

“We’ve spent the past week or so manufacturing new parts in readiness for Istanbul after the damage we sustained in Monaco.

“All of the items that needed replacing have been replaced now, apart from the front wings which require more time. As a result, we have to revert back to a previous specification for this race and wait until Montreal for the updated version.”

The team are nevertheless hopeful of some gains on the engine front, as Cosworth are expected to bring an update to their powerplant to the Turkish race.

Michael added: “Cosworth have been working hard on the issues we have been seeing during the first part of the season and have had some positive indications from their dyno work.

“Istanbul will be an opportunity for us to test how these solutions look on the track. In line with our development programme, both FW32s will have new brake ducts for Istanbul and some additional mechanical changes.”