Williams performance chief Rob Smedley says the team will run a series of upgrades on the FW37 during this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix.
The Grove based squad ended 2014 as the closest rival to runaway champions Mercedes, but has slipped behind the rejuvenated Ferrari team in the opening two rounds of this campaign.
In an effort to claw back the deficient to the Scuderia, which won for the first time in two years last time out in Malaysia, Williams will push ahead with a number of developments in Shanghai.
“On the back of a very hot race in Malaysia, we head to China where we are expecting considerably different conditions,” said Smedley. “It is often a struggle to get the temperature in to the tyres for qualifying, and you then have to manage front left tyre degradation in the race.
“That struggle will be even tougher this year with the improved rear Pirelli construction. It’s a challenging circuit, with a tough left hander before one of the longest straights on the calendar.
“The turn 1, 2, 3 complex is also very interesting and offers a good technical challenge. There are two different techniques here for a quick qualifying lap and a quick race lap, so we will work through these early in the weekend to be prepared.
“We have a few upgrades coming to the FW37 that we are expecting to deliver an increase in performance. There is always a high probability of rain, so we will also need to be prepared for this possible curveball.”
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