Williams chief technical officer Pat Symonds says that Formula 1’s new nose regulations had a bigger effect on the design of the team’s 2015 car than expected.
Initial images of the Williams FW37 were revealed on Tuesday evening, with the car featuring on the front cover of a popular motorsport magazine.
The shortened nose of the 2015 car is noticeably different to that of last season’s FW36, which powered Williams to third in the constructors’ standings, and Symonds said the new regulations had driven the team’s design of the FW37.
“The change in regulations offered us a slight headache,” admitted Symonds.
“The new front bulkhead and nose geometry had much more of an impact than we had initially anticipated and the effect on the aero was profound.
“The team have worked hard on pulling back the deficit these regulations have made for us.”
While the FW36 was a strong package, Symonds said Williams had taken the opportunity to identify the weaknesses of the 2014 car to improve on its 2015 design.
‘We felt we came up against design barriers in the FW36 and so took the opportunity to remove those barriers for the benefit of the performance,” he explained.
“The FW36 carried a reasonable amount of ballast, so we were able to make alterations to the design for added performance without the fear of adding excessive mass.”
While Symonds admitted that Williams had developed the FW36 late into the 2014 season, he is not worried that it has impacted on the development of the team’s 2015 car.
“The desire to beat Ferrari to third place in the Constructors’ in 2014 meant we pushed our development through to late autumn,” he said.
“But the size of the team is now at a point where it was able to sustain this development whilst still working on the FW37.”
This article first appeared on Richland F1 – Images courtesy of Williams F1 Team