Austrian GP: Qualifying team notes - Williams


Dave Robson, Head of Vehicle Performance: Qualifying at the Red Bull Ring is always tricky due to the track being short and fast and the drivers pushing the track limits very hard.

We weren't perfect but when it counted, we did a good job, kept the laps clean, and got a decent grid position as a result.

Logan was unfortunate that he couldn't quite find the time he needed to escape a very tight Q1 session. His improvement over FP1 was extremely good and it would've been good for him to have another couple of goes in Q2. Alex was very good today, kept it clean when he needed to and then pushed things to the limit in Q3 when he had little to lose. It's a shame he got his final laptime deleted, but it was only good enough for P10 today anyway. Nonetheless, he has put himself into a good position for the Grand Prix on Sunday.

The midfield is incredibly tight with multiple drivers capable of setting the same laptime. We will repeat the qualifying again tomorrow, albeit in a slightly different format. Like the other teams, we will be looking to see how we can do things better despite the cars being in Parc Ferme. Additionally, the weather may play a part tomorrow, which might be the opportunity we need to have a good result in a Saturday Sprint.

Alex Albon: I'm feeling comfortable about the result we delivered today in Qualifying, as despite the track limits, we would've finished P10 regardless. We got through to Q3 because of a few other drivers suffering from track limits, so P10 was definitely the best we could do. The upgrades are working but I think we had a bit more raw pace in Canada than we do here. We have some quick cars in front and behind us on Sunday, so let's see how we go.

Logan Sargeant: I've got mixed feelings after that session. I'm genuinely pretty happy with my lap. I was missing a bit this morning in Free Practice and knew I had a good bit to find but I felt like it was coming. I found most of it through Sectors 1 and 2. I struggled a little bit to judge the last two corners with track limits. Obviously not wanting to lose my lap, I maybe left a little bit too much on the table. Tomorrow is another good day to keep learning. It looks wet so some more time in those conditions would be good for me and a nice change. The grid is brutally close, and I just need to be that bit better.

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Published: 30/06/2023
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