F1: Williams Duo Join Hartley for a Pit Lane Start

Annette Crawford
July 10, 2018

"So I think due to those new set-ups and the rear wing and all that - I don't want to make a conclusion myself, it's not my position to say exactly what technically went wrong - from what I understood that's what caused a bunch of these surprise stalls".

Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin both spun out of yesterday's Q1 when they suffered an aerodynamic issue after deactivating their DRS.

This, in turn, caused both drivers to spin off during their runs in qualifying with Stroll going off first and ended up buried deep in the gravel at Brooklands as he tried to get a time on the board.

A new rear wing was brought to Silverstone for this weekend's British Grand Prix, but a change made to the element on Friday appeared to lead to an "intermittent stalling problem" when the DRS closes. However, he was still the slowest of the 18 remaining cars that completed a flying lap. As a result, they have opted to revert to the previous wing design as well as changing some other parts.

A change of specification after qualifying automatically means a pitlane start. Hartley was forced to change his chassis overnight.

"This new DRS-related phenomenon was seen only once in FP1 on one of the cars but was incorrectly diagnosed to be related to a particular configuration which we chose not to carry forward into FP2 and for qualifying and the race". It doesn't recover well enough for the subsequent corner.

"The phenomenon of today is something we've never seen before on this vehicle or indeed any other auto".

So far, the Williams team has been struggling majorly this season, even more so than McLaren.

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