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Alex Albon to receive Williams upgrades in Canada

The Williams team currently sit last in the constructors' championship after seven races this season. They have only scored one point, courtesy of Alex Albon's efforts in Bahrain

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Williams will bring fresh upgrades for the FW45 in Canada, but only Alex Albon will receive them

Williams Team Principal James Vowles with his two drivers Logan Sargeant and Alex Albon
Williams Team Principal James Vowles with his two drivers Logan Sargeant and Alex Albon. (Image Credit: @WilliamsRacing on Twitter)

While their 2023 Formula One campaign started strong in Bahrain, with Alex Albon finishing in the points and Logan Sargeant finishing only two places behind in P12, Williams has been on a downward spiral ever since. With seven races down, Williams Team Principal James Vowles has already written off the 2023 season for his team.

However, there are still plenty of races to go this year, and Williams has announced that they will bring upgrades next time out in Canada. The team’s Head of Vehicle Performance, Dave Robson, has said the following about the team’s step forward:

“The track in Montreal should play slightly more to the strengths of the FW45 than Monaco and Barcelona did. Furthermore, we have several upgraded components available this week, which will run on Alex’s car only.”

He continued, “We expect to be more competitive, but we will take our time on Friday to understand if the new package is delivering as expected.”

With Albon using the new upgrade package, his rookie teammate Sargeant will have the old specification. This appears to be a purposeful choice by the team as they aim to “understand the upgrades” and “look at the usual tyre work on Friday.”

The upgrades couldn’t come a moment too soon for Albon

Following the Spanish Grand Prix, where the Thai driver finished P16, Albon appeared downbeat regarding his team’s lack of upgrades. He said:

“We can’t really get too much better because we don’t have upgrades. We can do so much with the set-up of the car and improve it that way, but we’ve got to wait for that [updates] to happen.”

However, following the announcement of the upcoming upgrades Albon seemed more upbeat commenting that the Canadian circuit “should suit us a bit more than the last couple of tracks.” On the upgrades, Albon said:

“We have an upgrade coming for this weekend, so it should be interesting to see how it performs. Everyone at the factory has done a huge job to get this upgrade ready for the weekend, so hopefully we can have a good result.”

What could be possible for Albon and the Williams team with their new upgrade package this weekend?

Feature Image Credit: @WilliamsRacing on Twitter

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