Williams able to use new front wing in Canada

Williams technical driver Sam Michael has announced that the Grove-based team will be able to run its new front wing on both cars in the 2010 Canadian Grand Prix.

Rubens Barrichello and Nico Hulkenberg had been forced to run the old wing in Turkey, after the team was not able to reproduce a new version in time – following both driver’s crashes during the Monaco Grand Prix. 

“Running the old front wing cost us approximately one tenth per lap, but it worked well in the high-speed corners,” said Michael.

“We will have the next evolution of the front wing on both cars in Montreal next week.”

Williams’ weekend was also blighted by a number of issues, with Rubens Barrichello experiencing clutch issues at the start of the race and Nico Hulkenberg involved in a first lap incident with the Toro Rosso of Sebastien Buemi.

Despite this, Michael believes that the team are on top of the technical issues which blighted the Brazilian’s race and plan to introduce a number of updates over the next couple of races to move back towards the front.

“The clutch bite on Rubens’ car was stronger than we had anticipated taking into account the data from the practice starts undertaken earlier in the weekend. We have the clutches from both cars under investigation in the factory now to see what the problem was.” he said. 

“We will have some more aero parts for the cars which should improve our performance, as well as a couple of mechanical upgrades. We will also have the medium drag rear wings specific to this race.”