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Williams To Test Cosworth Engine Modifications in Turkey

by F1Fan on May 24, 2010

Williams and Cosworth have been hard at work since the Monaco Grand Prix preparing for the Turkish Grand Prix.

Williams building new parts to replace the damage on the two crashed FW32’s of Rubens Barrichello and Nico Hulkenberg and Cosworth trying to solve the power band issues that he teams have been complaining about.

It looks like both Williams and Cosworth have had some level of success based upon the comments of Sam Michael, Williams F1 Technical Director:

“We’ve spent the past week or so manufacturing new parts in readiness for Istanbul after the damage we sustained in Monaco. All of the items that needed replacing have been replaced now, apart from the front wings which require more time. As a result, we have to revert back to a previous specification for this race and wait until Montreal for the updated version.

Cosworth have been working hard on the issues we have been seeing during the first part of the season and have had some positive indications from their dyno work. Istanbul will be an opportunity for us to test how these solutions look on the track. In line with our development programme, both FW32s will have new brake ducts for Istanbul and some additional mechanical changes.”

With these changes both Williams Drivers are looking forward to racing in Turkey, the first race of the Formula One season that is run in the counter clockwise direction. This reverse direction combined with one of the most challenging corners of any formula one circuit the triple apex corner, Turn 8 makes Turkey a physically challenging circuit as explained by Rubens Barrichello:

Istanbul is a favourite track of mine. It has a good layout; the corners all flow nicely into each other and that makes it a smooth lap to drive. Because the circuit runs anti-clockwise, the lefthanders can be quite a challenge on your neck muscles but we all do extra training to compensate for that. Personally turn 8, a high speed, triple apexer, is the best part of the track as it’s a real test.

For Nico Hulkenberg next weekend will mark his first time in a formula One car on the Turkish Circuit:

Turkey is a real about turn after Monaco; everything is pretty much the complete opposite. The track goes in an anti-clockwise direction, it has lots of long straights and quick corners so you can get into a nice rhythm around the lap and there’s loads of room! I think at its widest the track reaches about 20m so there should be plenty of opportunities to overtake. The long, ultra-fast turn 8 complex is probably the most challenging part of the lap, for the drivers and the cars, but I’m really looking forward to running it in a Formula One car.

After the disappointing race in Monaco the team is hoping that next weekend will see improved results from the FW32 and both Drivers.

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