Mugello was very different in terms of characteristics when compared to the circuits that Formula 1 usually visits on the calendar.
‘We changed the setup a lot for Mugello and introduced a lot of new parts to coincide with the characteristics of the track in a bid to make the car behave in the very high-speed corners with a lot of high steady-state load,’ says Robson.
‘Of course, the challenge of balancing the downforce and drag remains the same trade-off but the windows within which the car performs changes a lot at a circuit like Mugello when compared to the other circuits that are usually on the calendar.’
Changes to the cars for Mugello revolved around making the car compliant during high speed, high load changes of direction. Williams F1 changed the suspension to allow them to run the car with elevated ride height and increase the stiffness at the rear of the car to improve the car’s behaviour in high-speed transitions and increase the rear downforce.