Paddy Lowe admits that it is difficult for Williams to judge what impact the new front wings will have on next year's cars. The aerodynamic regulations are getting a minor shake-up for next season, in a bid to allow cars to follow each other more closely through corners.
The front wings will have fewer elements, but Lowe says that the Grove-based team is unsure on what to expect when it comes to the development of the wing: "It’s a very good question and one that’s often brought up.
“Something that teams have said in the past is we’ll get back to where we were, but that feels completely arbitrary in itself. You try to pick a sensible level based on where you start. How accurate is that, and what difference does it make anyway, are two questions I don’t really have answers for.”
“I’m sure a lot of stuff will have to be re-optimised," the Briton added. "We haven’t got that far with it, we’re starting from the front at the moment and working our way back!”
Williams has been enduring a difficult 2018 campaign, as it is the clear backmarkers in the field. However, Lowe is aware of the team's chance to make gains next season if it gets the new aerodynamic regulations right.
“It is quite a big change, so change is always an opportunity to do well. We’re very conscious of that and working very hard to be the right side of that opportunity and make some ground. It could be a disruption.”
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