Williams testing new aero component in rear wheel assembly (PHOTOS)


The Red Bull Ring seems to be the track Williams Martini Racing likes to make headlines.

Last year, the front row lockout and Felipe Massa’s surprise, but welcome, pole position was the story before Valtteri Bottas got on the podium for the first time in his Formula 1 career. Massa’s defense of Sebastian Vettel for the final podium position this year was another Williams at Austria story.

Now come pictures from today’s post-Austrian Grand Prix test that the team is testing a new aero component, similar to the rear wheel guard or sidepod extenders you see in IndyCar, ahead of the rear wheels.

Here’s two photos posted to Twitter, one via Sutton Images and the other via Tobias Gruner of Auto Motor und Sport, showing the new aero component.

Stay tuned for whether this part becomes a more integral part of the chassis in further Grands Prix.