Williams to run third car in 2006

Williams have said that they will run a third car on the Fridays of Grand Prix meetings next year, even though they are desperately trying to keep a lid on their expenses

Williams to run third car in 2006

The loss of manufacturer backing from BMW, and the added cost of needing to pay for their own engines in 2006, will mean that Williams' costs will increase next year with no guarantee of extra income.

And although running a third car will only add to Williams' outgoings, team boss Frank Williams has told Autosport-Atlas that they will stick with the extra car on Fridays now that it has been given the green-light by rival bosses.

The matter was debated in the Formula One Commission meeting on Monday and plans by the FIA to scrap the use of third cars for the bottom six teams in F1 were rejected.

"It is going to be a financial penalty that we are not particularly well equipped to handle, but we believe we have to participate in that and we will deal with it," he said.

With Williams having already decided to give test driver Nico Rosberg the second race-seat alongside Mark Webber, the team are now considering who will have their third driver role.

Antonio Pizzonia would be favourite for the position should he fail to land a race seat elsewhere, while pay drivers Christijan Albers, Narain Karthikeyan and Robert Doornbos have all been linked with the role.

"We will have to wait and see," said Williams when asked about who was likely to be given the job. "The choice of experienced ex-GP drivers is very limited and some of these guys are very expensive.

"Life as a truly independent team is materially different now. We've no sugar daddy to fall back on, not that we really every did, but BMW did give us the engine free, and free cars, and all of that does make a difference to one's budget."

shares
comments
Paffett promised McLaren test
Previous article

Paffett promised McLaren test

Next article

Stoddart rules out 2006 involvement

Stoddart rules out 2006 involvement
Load comments
Why Norris doesn’t expect Mr Nice Guy praise for much longer Plus

Why Norris doesn’t expect Mr Nice Guy praise for much longer

Earning praise from rivals has been a welcome sign that Lando Norris is becoming established among Formula 1's elite. But the McLaren driver is confident that his team's upward curve can put him in the mix to contend for titles in the future, when he's hoping the compliments will be replaced by being deemed an equal adversary

What Ferrari still needs to improve to return to F1 title contention Plus

What Ferrari still needs to improve to return to F1 title contention

After a disastrous 2020 in which it slumped to sixth in the F1 constructors' standings, Ferrari has rebounded strongly and is on course to finish third - despite regulations that forced it to carryover much of its forgettable SF1000 machine. Yet while it can be pleased with its improvement, there are still steps it must make if 2022 is to yield a return to winning ways

How F1 teams and personnel react in pressurised situations Plus

How F1 teams and personnel react in pressurised situations

OPINION: The pressure is firmly on Red Bull and Mercedes as Formula 1 2021 embarks on its final double-header. How the respective teams deal with that will be a crucial factor in deciding the outcome of the drivers' and constructors' championships, as Autosport's technical consultant and ex-McLaren F1 engineer explains

Why Ferrari is sure its long-term Leclerc investment will be vindicated Plus

Why Ferrari is sure its long-term Leclerc investment will be vindicated

Humble yet blisteringly quick, Charles Leclerc is the driver Ferrari sees as its next
 world champion, and a rightful heir to the greats of Ferrari’s past – even though, by the team’s own admission, he’s not the finished article yet. Here's why it is confident that the 24-year-old can be the man to end a drought stretching back to 2008

Formula 1
Nov 30, 2021
The downside to F1's show and tell proposal Plus

The downside to F1's show and tell proposal

Technology lies at the heart of the F1 story and it fascinates fans, which is why the commercial rights holder plans to compel teams to show more of their ‘secrets’. STUART CODLING fears this will encourage techno-quackery…

Formula 1
Nov 29, 2021
How getting sacked gave Mercedes F1’s tech wizard lasting benefits Plus

How getting sacked gave Mercedes F1’s tech wizard lasting benefits

He’s had a hand in world championship-winning Formula 1 cars for Benetton, Renault and Mercedes, and was also a cog in the Schumacher-Ferrari axis. Having recently ‘moved upstairs’ as Mercedes chief technical officer, James Allison tells STUART CODLING about his career path and why being axed by Benetton was one of the best things that ever happened to him

Formula 1
Nov 28, 2021
The remarkable qualities that propelled Kubica’s F1 comeback Plus

The remarkable qualities that propelled Kubica’s F1 comeback

It’s easy to look at
 Robert Kubica’s second Formula 1 career and feel a sense of sadness that he didn’t reach the heights for which he seemed destined. But as BEN ANDERSON discovered, performance and results are almost meaningless in this context – something more fundamental and incredible happened…

Formula 1
Nov 27, 2021
The humbling changes Ricciardo made to deliver the goods for McLaren  Plus

The humbling changes Ricciardo made to deliver the goods for McLaren 

From being lapped by his own team-mate in Monaco to winning at Monza, it’s been a tumultuous first season at McLaren for Daniel Ricciardo. But, as he tells STUART CODLING, there’s more to the story of his turnaround than having a lovely summer holiday during Formula 1's summer break...

Formula 1
Nov 26, 2021