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Williams could lower drag on F1 car at Monza to repeat Spa's top speed

Albon finished 10th at Spa-Francorchamps as the low drag and impressive top speed of his Williams car allowed him to fend off naturally faster cars.

This is only the third top 10 for the Thai driver in 2022 as Williams usually comes last in the priority order.

When asked by Motorsport.com if Williams could repeat the Spa scene and score in Italy, Williams’ head of trackside engineering Dave Robson said the Grove team could choose to let The car is slippery on the long straights at Monza.

“We have options to have less resistance than we were at Spa,” Robson replied. “Whether they are the right thing to do because of the downforce [requirements], we will have to wait and see how the track conditions at Monza. But we can definitely lower the drag level.

“We Will wait and see what people do and if we still have the straight-line speed advantage. But I think if we can do it and still get out of the parabola in reasonable form, then I think we’ll do it again. ”

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Robson explained that teams do not necessarily bias their Spa settings towards Achieving a higher top speed, but it just follows the setting that predicts the fastest lap time.

“What helps in the race [at Spa] is obviously our top relative to everyone else speed, but we didn’t, especially at top speed, because we did what we thought was the best lap time for our car,” he added.

“We do want to A little quicker on the straights because we knew we’d be inheriting some of Spa’s local engine penalty with the e, but that wasn’t our main motivation for setting up the car. “

“Obviously Monza is a bit different and it will depend on what other people bring. “



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