Williams’ gearbox troubles

13 Jun

We may only be 7 races into the season but already Pastor Maldonado one of the Williams drivers has already had three unscheduled pit stops, including two in two races at Monaco and Montreal. Strangely whilst Pastor has lost 15 grid places because of these unscheduled pit stops team mate Bruno Senna hasn’t needed a single unscheduled gearbox change. Here I’ll look at the reason why this is:

To be fair to the team the change in Montreal was probably just due to Maldonado’s big incident in Q2 at the wall of champions, and there’s every chance the change in Monaco was because of the incident in FP3 the day before, but this is still bad for Williams because Pastor Maldonado is a driver who does put in the regular crash during practice, and if this is so likely to damage the gearbox then it will cost the team a lot of grid positions. This explanation would explain why Bruno Senna – who’s had less accidents this year- hasn’t needed an unscheduled gearbox change.

Another explanation for these problems is that Williams have for the past few years ran the car with a very small gearbox that is much smaller than the other teams’. Whilst last year it wasn’t a problem for the team, there is a chance that that’s the problem this year, maybe it isn’t working so well with the other components. But this explanation doesn’t account for why Bruno has been unaffected by this, though this could just be down to luck.



2 Responses to “Williams’ gearbox troubles”

  1. Janella June 15, 2012 at 14:53 #

    Senna seems to be struggling generally, I got the impression his seat was in jeopardy

    • tomtoma2z June 15, 2012 at 19:41 #

      Senna has definitely struggled but I doubt his seat is in jeopardy yet, there are still 13 races to go

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