Williams took inspiration from Aston Martin in ditching some of its paintwork ahead of the Australian Grand Prix in an attempt to make its car a bit lighter.
After the first three races of this campaign, a number of F1 teams are still figuring out the best possible way to make their cars lighter.
Teams are believed to be close to 10 kg overweight and Aston Martin’s trick of shaving some unnecessary paint off its car reportedly helped the AMR22 shed around 350 grams.
While the difference isn’t monumental, it is something that Williams saw a lot of value in and decided to copy this technique.
“Of course, you always aim to make the car even lighter and the colour design does its part to reduce the weight of the vehicle,” Williams’ head of vehicle performance Dave Robson told Motorsport-Total.com.
“It’s a very big task to get these cars under the minimum weight. We will continue to work on that as well, even though we have no idea where we stand in terms of overweight in comparison. It’s hard to say.”
Where is the Williams car lacking?
Williams driver Alex Albon believes the car’s main problem is on turns and not straights, where he believes it is extracting decent pace.
“We want to improve the balance,” Albon said. “But we are not talking about a fundamental problem here. We just have to see it gets better.”
Robson, meanwhile, reiterated the main focus of Williams, and it is not too different to other teams on the circuit.
“We’ve made some progress there and I think we are starting to get pretty good at chassis height, set-up and ‘porpoising’ so we have the car in the right window,” he said.
“But if we don’t get it ideal, we risk damage to the underbody. So that’s probably our limit.
“Other than that, all we need is a bit more downforce to get the tyres up to temperature properly and generally make us faster. But a lot of what you knew is no longer relevant this year and you have to rethink.”