With their final major aero update having been put through its paces in the wind tunnel, the Williams team has confirmed it is now shifting its focus onto designing and developing its 2011 challenger, the FW33.
This year’s car, the FW32, endured a tough baptism at the start of the 2010 season, but has consistently improved through ongoing development, and it will debut its final update at the upcoming Singapore Grand Prix.
The team’s technical director, Sam Michael, has confirmed that the team will now concentrate its efforts on next year’s car.
“In terms of the design priority … from an aero point of view we are focused on next year now,” he said.
“It is a completely different car – it will be a clean sheet for everybody,” he added, referring to the banning of double diffusers, ‘F-ducts’, and the reintroduction of Pirelli as the official tyre supplier for 2011.
With KERS set to make a return in next year’s regulations, Williams will look set to reinstall the system, although it is unlikely the outfit will use the flywheel version it pioneered last year.
“Our priority will be a battery system,” Michael said. “We do have capability to run a flywheel as well.”
[Original image via The Cahier Archive]