George Russell and Nicholas Latifi hope the aerodynamic sensitivity of their automotive is just not uncovered by the sturdy winds forecast for this weekend’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
Williams’ 2021 automotive has confirmed significantly delicate to the wind in earlier races. At Algarve Russell positioned seventh quickest within the calmer situations of first apply, however couldn’t replicate that tempo in gustier situations later within the weekend.
Robust winds are predicted on race day – as much as 50kph gusts – however Russell mentioned he doesn’t essentially anticipate to come across the identical issues he had in Portugal.
“We do wrestle with the wind, however it’s a bit distinctive right here between the partitions, between the buildings,” he defined. “I feel the wind nearly follows the circuit round as a result of [its] nature.
“Right now we had large gusts which, ordinarily, wouldn’t have been good for us. However I feel this can be a distinctive circuit and it in all probability gained’t be as unhealthy because it feels standing within the paddock. So we’ll have to attend and see.”
Latifi, who has solely beforehand pushed the observe in an F2 automotive, echoed his staff mate’s feedback. “It’s clearly very, very windy however usually in avenue races you are inclined to get sheltering across the observe, as was the case on the observe stroll this morning.
“You had some locations, as effectively, the place you get plenty of tunnelling, so it’s truly fairly sturdy in some areas, however then it’s just about nonexistent in others. So it may be a problem relying on which path and the place you truly really feel it.”
Latifi expects the depth of the wind to subside over the weekend. “We’ll should see in FP1, however I feel it ought to die down over the following [few] days. Right now may be very, very excessive however hopefully it’s not the case after we get on the market driving.”
Whereas the staff weren’t in competition for factors in Monaco, Latifi is hopeful they are going to be extra aggressive in Baku. “Loads of the corners listed here are fairly all very comparable, very sluggish 90 diploma corners. We are inclined to wrestle a bit extra within the sluggish speeds.
“It’s no secret, that was the case in Monaco. However on the similar time, there are barely totally different traits. It’s not as bumpy right here. It’s clearly for much longer straights.
“So I feel it’ll positively be fairly a distinct set-up requirement from the automotive and I feel it’ll be fascinating to see how everybody tries to deal with that right here. However I hope it may very well be extra aggressive than Monaco and if alternatives current themselves, clearly it’s a observe you may overtake and make one thing occur.”
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