still The Technical Director of Williams, Pat Symonds, believes that the new regulations will not allow us to see cars excessively different from each other in the grill of 2017.
Symonds is aware of the huge change that will occur in cars, but believes that the wording of the regulation is quite restrictive when interpreting the design the same. “The rules are very established, there is an area on the deck engine that we might see some variations. There is more of an open area, but nothing really noteworthy, to be honest. If the pintaras all black, it would cost you to tell them apart”, commented Symonds in a statement to Motorsport, leaving the door open to the back of the shark fins seen in the past seasons.
In any case, Symonds makes it clear that the change of regulation of 2017 is the largest in a long time, not only by the amount of modifications that he possesses, but by the regulatory constraints that limit considerably the knowledge and development of the same.
“I Think the biggest change there has been less time for real development, both in time as in sessions of wind tunnel. If you go back to 2009, a great change, had been talking about it for a long time, there were drafts of the regulations, and we used the wind tunnel 24 hours a day seven days a week. Toyota used two. A lot of time to investigate”.
“The next big change we had was in 2014, with a series of changes in aerodynamic, plus new concepts of refrigeration and things like that. At that time, we still had enough time, but there was a limitation of 80 sessions per week (in the wind tunnel)”.
In 2017, the teams have to take advantage of the new regulation with only 65 sessions of wind tunnel for a week and, to make it more complicated, the drafting of the final rules and the confirmation of Pirelli as a supplier of tires to last too long. “we Received our tires to the wind tunnel at the end of February, so that is when we actually started to try in it. Of course, we were using the DCF (Computational Fluid Dynamic) before that and, to be honest, we were doing something in the wind tunnel using the rear tires to the front to try to get an idea of what was the basic flow”, revealed Symonds on the initial work in Williams, while recognizing that the initial design of the new cars will change a lot throughout the season. “But since February we have had 65 sessions per week (the limit stipulated by regulations) and had work to do with the cars of 2016. So I think the development is very premature compared to where we’ve been previously and that is why I am sure that the people are not sure what are the objectives to be achieved”.