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Williams set to re-introduce 2012 exhaust

Mar 30, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

Williams Formula One driver Pastor Maldonaldo of Venezuela performs a pit stop during the Malaysian F1 Grand Prix at Sepang International Circuit outside Kuala Lumpur Reuters

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.

  1. apexassassin - Mar 30, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    I hate seeing Williams go backwards. Poor Frank is having such a bad year, I really hope they get it together, but from what I see they keep losing staff and not replacing them.

    And now having to revert back a 2012 spec exhaust? That can’t be good considering all the strong midlfielders (not to mention front runners) are using the coanda effect.

    And what effect are the tyres playing too, I have to wonder… With other “lacking downforce” teams doing so well, you’d think Williams would actually be “punching above their weight” like Force India and Merc.

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