Williams’ Senior Race Engineer Dave Robson says the team hopes to test a new 2020 ‘experimental’ front wing during the Japanese Grand Prix free practice. If it works it might be used this season too.
“Hopefully there will be a test front wing [at Suzuka] that should look a little bit different,” said Robson.
“If we get it there, and we run it on the Friday, you’ll soon spot that. It’s kind of an experiment.
“It’s hard to know [what the best concept is], that’s part of the experiment; it’s interesting even now, when you look at the pitlane as the cars come out and there’s a couple of different distinct schools of thought in the front wing design.
“Even almost a year on, it’s not like everyone’s snapped to the same design, so there’s a few different ideas and concepts out there.
“It’s an experiment for us and we’ll see how it goes; hopefully it’ll correlate well with what we expect and use that as the basis going into next year.
“You’re still getting around doing the best job we can with the new rules to try and control the front tyre wake as it passes further down the back of the car.
“Everyone’s doing the same thing but in different ways, and that’s about getting that dirty air out of the way. It’s just another slightly different way of doing that.”
Robson said the new concept might be used for the remainder of this season if it works as expected.
“It might do, but we’re not assuming that at the moment, it’s very much part of the R&D for next year at this stage,” continued Robson.
“But we’ll see how it performs.”
The team is also expected to introduce a few more updates before the season is done.
“There’s a few more bits and pieces.
“Some things that might stay on the car for the rest of the season if they’re better, other things that are just more R&D-type work and finalising the aero plans for next year – and checking correlation back to the tunnel again,” concluded Robson.