Formula 1’s major regulations overhaul will be implemented in 2021, but Williams’ Senior Race Engineer Dave Robson says the team will not give up on 2020 to focus on developing the 2021 car.
Williams has been having its worst season in history and is likely to finish the season with just one point to its name. It’s not surprising then that the team is looking at the 2021 rules change as a way out of their unfortunate situation, however they will not sacrifice next season to focus on 2021 car development.
“Now we’ve got a much better understanding of the regs for 2021 then we need to sit down and time exactly how we go about it,” said Robson.
“Yes we want to make next year’s car quick. But the key bit is understanding why it’s quick.
“Then actually all the learning we do next year is still applicable, even though the regs change, the physics and the interaction of how the whole car works is still the same.
“So as long as we can understand that and make sure that the tools back at the factory are delivering on-track, and work as is expected, I still think a lot of effort going into next year will still work in 2021.
“Undoubtedly we’re going to work out how to divide the resources up. But you would never write next year off.
“We’ve got to prove to ourselves and to everyone else that what we’ve done this year was correct and if it is and we can keep developing that, that will still help the development of the 2021 car. So we’re definitely not writing off next year.”
Robson confirms the team sees the 2021 rules overhaul as an opportunity to make significant improvements and move further up the grid.
“It’s a good opportunity to have a little bit of a reset and then hopefully put into practice what we’ve been learning the last year and what we’ll continue to learn into next year.
“Obviously there’s a few bits of the puzzle left to put together. But I think it’s just a good opportunity to wipe the slate clean and have a good look at everything from a new perspective.”