Albon crash in Australia delayed Williams updates

Albon crash in Australia delayed Williams updates
Albon crash in Australia delayed Williams updates
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Williams faces a setback at the start of the 2024 Formula 1 season. The team needs to rebuild the chassis of driver Alex Albon, who suffered a serious accident during FP1 for the Australian Grand Prix. Team principal James Vowles acknowledged that the incident will ‘undoubtedly’ delay the British team’s development plans.

The strong impact at turn 6 made it impossible to repair the original chassis in Australia, forcing Williams to compete in the race with just one car. Grove’s team didn’t even have a spare chassis, which forced Logan Sargeant to sit out the race so that Albon could race.

Williams has not yet scored in 2024, and Vowles classifies the situation as unacceptable. Furthermore, the accident compromises the team’s ability to make up ground in relation to its competitors.

“Without a doubt, the accident will be disruptive,” Vowles told Planet F1 about the impact of Albon’s crash. “No team plans not to have a third chassis in modern Formula 1. The last time this happened to me was in 2009, when I was still at Brawn GP.”

Williams has invested in a major redesign for the 2024 season, with the new FW46 car. To get both drivers on track from the opening race, the team had to work within tight deadlines. Vowles admits that building a spare chassis ended up being a sacrifice, and rebuilding the Albon chassis will divert resources and time away from planned upgrades.

“That’s why we’re in this situation. We’re behind on everything,” Vowles said. “As we implement new processes and transformations, something gets left behind. In this case, it was the third chassis. This means that at the moment we have upgrades and other items planned, but I will have to redirect the entire team to fix the chassis without losing the pace we have on upgrades,” he concluded.

Despite the setback, Williams confirmed that it must complete the repair of the damaged chassis in time for the Japanese GP, allowing Sargeant to return to the track. However, the team will take on the high-speed Suzuka circuit for the fourth consecutive GP without a spare chassis.

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