Monaco Grand Prix – Williams F1 Shoots For Top Ten Qualifying

by F1Fan on May 14, 2010

The Monaco Grand Prix circuit presents a singular set of challenges for the Formula One teams.

Firstly the tight, twisty, bumpy circuit through the narrow streets of Monte Carlo requires a unique set up allowing the most suspension travel of any Grand Prix. Secondly, one corner in particular, the tight hairpin bend just before the entry to the tunnel requires a completely different front suspension assembly allowing a much tighter steering lock that will only be used for just this race.

Barcelona already saw a host of upgrades from the Formula One teams but in true F1 fashion, development of the car never stops and is pretty much a race by race affair. Williams F1 provides a good example of he continual development required to become competitive. Struggleing to get on terms with the top teams this season Williams already introduced a new front wing, new “F-Duct” and various Aero upgrades in Barcelona. Just four days later after thursday practice in Monaco Williams F1 Technical Director, Sam Michael mentioned that the team were testing even more new parts for this race:

We spent today evaluating new aero components, We currently have only one new rear wing assembly so Rubens ran it in the morning and Nico in the afternoon. The second will arrive in time for third practice (held before Qualifying) and will stay on the cars for qualifying and the race. We covered a lot of set-up work with Rubens and Nico which has given us plenty of data to study before Saturday. Our target for qualifying is to get both cars into the top ten.

Due to the nature of the circuit and the relatively short straights Williams’ will not be using the “F Duct” as it provides no real advantage, mechanical grip and high downforce are the important factors to ensure a fast lap in Monaco and from Nico Hulkenbergs comments it appears the team has made a major step forward in this area:

“The car feels ok; you can squeeze a lot out of it on one lap with the soft tyre. It also feels like we’ve made a gain with the new aero parts, the rear wing definitely provides more grip.”

Not long to wait now, to see if Williams F1 can achieve their goal of having both Ruben Barrichello and Nico Hulkenberg qualify in the top ten.

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