Williams Still Investigating Tyre Problem

Williams are still trying to get to the bottom of the exact cause of the tyre failures they suffered in the Turkish Grand Prix, after concluding that the incidents were most likely a result of the rubber making contact with bodywork on their FW27

Williams Still Investigating Tyre Problem

With Michelin having already confirmed that there were no manufacturing faults with the tyres and that they were not cut by kerbs at the Istanbul track, further examinations this week have now also ruled out the possibility of the failures being caused by the way Williams were running the tyres.

The team believe that the problem was caused by the tyres rubbing on bodywork through the high-speed Turn Eight - but a final answer about exactly what parts of bodywork were involved will only come after further tests at Williams' Grove factory and in Monza this week.

Williams' technical director Sam Michael said: "Following the tyre incidents in Istanbul, Williams and Michelin have investigated the tyre running parameters such as pressure and camber and concluded that the tyres were running within normal operating ranges compared to other cars. It is not thought that the kerbs caused the problem.  

"Additionally, Williams have set up tyre deflection tests in Grove to verify what parts of the bodywork the tyre could have contacted during the high speed left hander at Istanbul. A number of changes will be made for the Monza test this week to avoid the problem occurring again."

Williams first discovered minor problems with bodywork rubbing on the tyres after final practice in Turkey - and duly trimmed the rear diffuser and rear-wing endplates to try and solve the issue.

The modifications were not enough, however, to prevent the team encountering the problem in the races - with Mark Webber and Nick Heidfeld suffering two tyre failure each.

shares
comments
Renault Wary of BAR Threat
Previous article

Renault Wary of BAR Threat

Next article

Grapevine: Ferrari Deny Raikkonen Report

Grapevine: Ferrari Deny Raikkonen Report
The “solemn promise” that cost quiet hero Brooks an F1 title Plus

The “solemn promise” that cost quiet hero Brooks an F1 title

After two terrifying crashes, one of the best British racers of the 1950s retired before his career peaked. But that’s why GP Racing’s MAURICE HAMILTON was able to speak to Tony Brooks in 2014. Like his friend Stirling Moss, Brooks was regarded as one of the best drivers never to have won the world championship. Here, as our tribute to Brooks who died last month, is that interview in full

Inside the Faenza facility where AlphaTauri’s F1 pragmatic vision is realised Plus

Inside the Faenza facility where AlphaTauri’s F1 pragmatic vision is realised

AlphaTauri’s mission in F1 is to sell clothes and train young drivers rather than win the championship – but you still need a cutting-edge factory to do that. Team boss Franz Tost takes GP Racing’s OLEG KARPOV on a guided tour of a facility that’s continuing to grow

Formula 1
Jun 26, 2022
Connecting two of Ferrari's favourite F1 sons Plus

Connecting two of Ferrari's favourite F1 sons

Gilles Villeneuve's exploits behind the wheel of a Ferrari made him a legend to the tifosi, even 40 years after his death. The team's current Formula 1 star Charles Leclerc enjoys a similar status, and recently got behind the wheel of a very special car from the French-Canadian’s career

Formula 1
Jun 24, 2022
How a 30cm metal wire triggered open warfare in the F1 paddock Plus

How a 30cm metal wire triggered open warfare in the F1 paddock

Porpoising has become the key talking point during the 2022 Formula 1 season, as teams battle to come to terms with it. An FIA technical directive ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix and a second stay appearing on the Mercedes cars only served to create a bigger debate and raise tensions further

Formula 1
Jun 23, 2022
Does Verstappen have any weaknesses left? Plus

Does Verstappen have any weaknesses left?

Having extended his Formula 1 points lead with victory in Canada, Max Verstappen has raised his game further following his 2021 title triumph. Even on the days where Red Bull appears to be second best to Ferrari, Verstappen is getting the most out of the car in each race. So, does he have any weaknesses that his title rivals can exploit?

Formula 1
Jun 22, 2022
How F1's future fuels can shape the automotive sector Plus

How F1's future fuels can shape the automotive sector

In 2026, Formula 1 plans to make the switch to a fully sustainable fuel, as the greater automotive world considers its own alternative propulsion methods. Biogasoline and e-fuels both have merit as 'drop-in' fuels but, equally, both have their shortcomings...

Formula 1
Jun 21, 2022
The breakthrough behind Sainz’s best weekend of F1 2022 so far Plus

The breakthrough behind Sainz’s best weekend of F1 2022 so far

OPINION: Carlos Sainz came close to winning in Monaco but needed that race’s specific circumstances for his shot at a maiden Formula 1 victory to appear. Last weekend in Canada, he led the line for Ferrari in Charles Leclerc’s absence from the front. And there’s a key reason why Sainz has turned his 2022 form around

Formula 1
Jun 21, 2022
Canadian Grand Prix Driver Ratings 2022 Plus

Canadian Grand Prix Driver Ratings 2022

Plenty of high scores but just a single perfect 10 from the first Montreal race in three years, as Max Verstappen fended off late pressure from Carlos Sainz. Here’s Autosport’s assessment on the Formula 1 drivers from the Canadian Grand Prix

Formula 1
Jun 20, 2022