The team hoped that the emergence of a new regulatory framework for 2022 would help continue its recovery after finishing eighth in the 2021 Designers Championship, but Williams it was hard for him to get out of the rear in nine races so far.
Albon is new to the team this season as a replacement for Mercedes-tied George Russell – scored three points in his return to Formula 1, having spent 2021 aside as a Red Bull reserve, but a teammate Nicholas Latifi has not bothered the scorers this year.
Changes to the FW44 include a revised floor and body, which will hopefully lead to a more concerted effort to combat the bottom of Silverstone’s points.
“We have an updated air package this weekend that will run on Alex’s car only when we check his behavior and confirm that he is working as intended,” said Dave Robson, head of Williams ’car operations department.
“The body and floor form the basis of the upgrade and are designed to effectively increase the car’s downforce.
“We look forward to our home race and understanding of the new details; they are likely to change balance and control the car, and it may take some time to use them so that drivers can get the most out of them.
“Due to the fact that next week’s race in Austria will be a sprint, we will strive to learn as much as possible this weekend.”
With a large collection of quick turns, Silverstone is expected to be one of the largest demonstrations of the 2022 Formula One car generation due to the increase in downforce at high speeds.
In an interview with Motorsport.com in 2021, Robson also explained that Silverstone is one of the most challenging tracks on the tires – and that a special attitude towards the front left is key to managing race duration.
“If you put air balance, probably where you’d ideally like for high-speed turns, you’ll face some problems coming out of those low-speed turns,” he said.
“There’s also the way you set up the car, how it interacts with the tires, now it’s a very demanding scheme for the tires.
“Because of these fast right corners the front left beats with a hammer, so you have to be careful before bypassing these corners and use air balance and mechanical balance to complement each other so you don’t I just wear the front left tire” .