Mar 30, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT
Williams could be set to revert back to their 2012 specification of exhaust following a poor start to the 2013 season.
Pastor Maldonado has two DNFs to his name, whilst Valtteri Bottas finished 14th in Australia and 11th in Malaysia.
The team was forced to change its exhaust design after it was deemed illegal by the FIA due to the presence of turning vanes in the coanda channel during testing. This setback, coupled with the late start for the FW35, has seen the team fail to score in the opening two races, causing this rethink.
“We’re of the opinion at the moment that a FW34-type of car would be faster,” technical director Mike Coughlan explained in an interview. “I don’t think we’ll go back to an FW34.
“We might go back to an FW34 style of exhaust system and treat Fridays as tests across cars.”
The move would hinder the development of the FW35, but due to the lack of changes in the regulations this season, using the 2012-spec exhaust is unlikely to see the team fall too far back. However, with the team having spent a great deal of time and money on the 2013 car, Williams will be disappointed to be contemplating such action just two races in to the new season.
- Hamilton storms to home pole position at British GP 3
- Hamilton closes out British GP practice fastest 0
- Rosberg fastest once again in second British GP practice 0
- Rosberg tops FP1 at Silverstone after gearbox change 0
- NHRA: Tony Pedregon hopes to keep momentum going in Norwalk 0
- NHRA: New president Peter Clifford full of ideas to get drag racing back on-track 10
- Ryan Briscoe making most of filling in for James Hinchcliffe 1