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Williams now battling car upgrade setbacks in 2024

Williams now battling car upgrade setbacks in 2024
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Williams' rocky season has thrown a wrench into their plans for progressing with the 2024 car. This season, both Alex Albon and Logan Sargeant have experienced numerous crashes, leaving the team in a dire situation with a shortage of spare parts and an urgent need to fix chassis and fabricate additional monocoques.

Williams' rocky season has thrown a wrench into their plans for progressing with the 2024 car. This season, both Alex Albon and Logan Sargeant have experienced numerous crashes, leaving the team in a dire situation with a shortage of spare parts and an urgent need to fix chassis and fabricate additional monocoques.

When questioned about the frequent accidents involving both drivers, team principal James Vowles responded, "It's a strong question - one to ask the drivers."

Vowles refuted the idea that the drastically different and complex new season's package is intrinsically problematic. However, it's clear that Williams is now facing difficulties in ensuring the readiness of two fully operational cars for each race.

"Probably the most important thing is the fact that in the last two races we lost a number of floors, rear wings, front wings," reported Vowles to France's Auto Hebdo, noting also the impact on suspension components and gearboxes amidst the chaos.

"It's a very long list and so difficult to keep pace with the quantity of spare parts we need while working on developments in the background," he continued.

"So it's going to have an effect on what we do in terms of performance later in the year," Vowles conceded. "The developments we brought to Japan through a lot of hard work were unfortunately destroyed."

"Once again, it prevents us from being as efficient as we want to be during the next races - just the time it takes to replenish the stock. This obviously has a short term impact but also a little in the medium term as well."

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