Williams System 1 technical chief Paddy Lowe says there isn’t any “black and white” choice on when to shift sources to its 2018 automobile regardless of the group’s need to maneuver again up the order subsequent 12 months.
Williams slipped from third to fifth within the constructors’ championship final 12 months, and at the moment has lower than half the factors of fourth-placed Drive India within the 2017 standings, making any enchancment on the finish of the season troublesome to foresee.
Regardless of showing to be nearing a time when a shift to 2018’s automobile could also be anticipated, Lowe harassed that it could be a gradual course of, with some enhancements for this 12 months’s FW40 with the ability to assist the subsequent mannequin.
“There’s by no means a black and white reply to that. It is all the time a little bit of a merge actually,” Lowe mentioned when requested about shifting focus.
“You regularly put an increasing number of focus onto the next 12 months and actually will depend on the tasks. Some tasks, they carry over whether or not particularly or by way of information so you retain going with these as a result of they will be just right for you within the following 12 months.
“Different issues which might be, would solely actually enable you would solely actually enable you in that used automobile, you might attain some extent the place you say you are not going to take a position the trouble in these throughout the present season.
“Typically these selections are selected a case by case foundation slightly than having some form of total black and white choice.”
Williams’ kind has fluctuated for a lot of the season, starting from a podium end in Baku to a double Q1 elimination only one race later in Austria.
Lowe was requested if the group would take into account altering its automobile philosophy for future years, however he mentioned there was no must utterly overhaul Williams’ plans.
“There is not any fastened philosophy both approach. We’re not definitely by no means proud of established order if we are able to see a greater approach of doing issues so every thing’s up for grabs principally,” Lowe mentioned.
“However on the similar time you do not tear issues up if they do not have to be. We’ll take all our alternatives by way of elementary and detailed designs subsequent 12 months.”