Formula 1

Williams’ Pat Symonds confirms power unit upgrade for COTA

1 Mins read
World © Octane Photographic Ltd. F1 Singapore GP FIA Personnel Press Conference, Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka, Japan. Friday 7th October 2016. Pat Symonds - Technical Officer to the Williams F1 Team. Digital Ref : 1730LB1D6341

Williams Martini Racing’s Chief Technical Officer Pat Symonds, is hoping that the new Mercedes power unit upgrade being introduced this weekend will help improve the Grove based team’s performance and see them score some good points at the United States Grand Prix on Sunday.

The update was originally scheduled for release in Japan but held back by the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team following the engine failure of driver Lewis Hamilton in Malaysia, and Symonds hopes the Austin track will be one that allows them to feel the benefits.

Circuit of the Americas (COTA) is a challenging circuit to drive, and the uneven surface is a tricky one to deal with in terms of tyre degradation and the overall strain being applied to the car. The Williams man is hoping that it has not deteriorated anymore across the last twelve months, or feels they could find things tough going again on Sunday.

“Austin is one of those modern tracks that has been built to really stretch both the driver and the car. After turn one, the succession of corners is reminiscent of the first part of Suzuka and just as challenging, may be even more so than that classic track.

“Whilst last year’s event was severely disrupted by weather, we hope for a more straightforward weekend this time around. Apart from the weather, one of the surprise features last year was how bumpy the circuit had become in just twelve months. We certainly are hoping that it hasn’t degraded any further as last year was a challenge, and ultimately led to the retirement of both our cars.

“That aside, we hope the circuit will reward our new power unit upgrade being introduced for this event.”

Having had a disappointing run in Japan last time out, Symonds is placing his faith in the new power unit  to aid Williams in finishing higher up the order in Austin.

Related posts
Formula 1

Technical Structure Changes at Alpine Amid Early Season Woes, but Drivers remain Patient

5 Mins read
It’s been a troubled start to the 2024 season for Alpine, and whilst there has been a reshuffle in the technical department, the two drivers still believe progress will come.
Formula 1

2024 Bahrain Grand Prix – What the Drivers are Saying after the Race – Part 2

6 Mins read
Those who missed out on points reflect on Saturdays opening race of the 2024 Formula 1 season in Bahrain.
Formula 1

2024 Bahrain Grand Prix – What the Drivers are Saying after the Race – Part 1

5 Mins read
The top ten drivers look back at the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix, a race dominated by Red Bull and Max Verstappen.