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F1 | Alex Albon will run a new Williams aero upgrade at Silverstone

The Grove-based squad will be hoping to take a solid step forward this weekend.

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F1 | Alex Albon will run a new Williams aero upgrade at Silverstone
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Williams are set to bring a sizable aero upgrade to Silverstone this weekend as the Grove-based team attempt to get themselves into the thick of the midfield fight. It'll be put on Alex Albon's car after a strong start to the year for the 26-year-old against his teammate Nicholas Latifi on Saturdays and Sundays.

Qualifying has been a clear weakness as they've only got out of Q1 twice so far in 2022 - both times with lead driver Albon.

The Thai driver has also been the star for the team in races by scoring three points - but they sit 12 points behind Haas after nine races at the bottom of the Constructors' Championship. 

According to some people within the paddock, the new package could be worth as much as a second a lap in qualifying. 

"We have an updated aero package for this weekend, which will run on Alex's car only as we look to check its behaviour and confirm that it is working as intended. The bodywork and floor form the basis of the upgrade and are intended to efficiently increase the downforce of the car," said Dave Robson in the team's preview for the British Grand Prix.

"We are looking forward to our home race and to understanding the new parts; they are likely to change the balance and the handling of the car and it may take a little bit of time to harness them so that the drivers can get the most from them. With next week's race in Austria being a Sprint Event, we will be looking to get as much learning done this weekend as possible."

While racing under the Thai flag, it's very much a home event feel for Alex Albon as he's lived in the UK for many years.

His best result at Silverstone is a 5th place in the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix with Red Bull back in 2020 during the height of the pandemic.

"Silverstone is a home race for the team and half for me too! It's a special circuit made better by all the fans who come out to show their support," said Albon. 

"Silverstone is also where I first got my karting licence at 8 years old, so it's really where it all began for me. It has to be one of the most enjoyable circuits for a driver and I think it'll be pretty fun in these cars."

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