The Williams Formula 1 team is certain it can solve the “really quite catastrophic” problem of aerodynamic stalls generated by the new rear wing it tried to introduce at Silverstone.
Both Williams drivers went off in qualifying after the new wing created an aerodynamic stall at the diffuser when DRS was opened and then shut again.
Williams changed the wings on both cars, prompting pitlane starts for Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin, and is evaluating the new spec this week to try to find the cause.
Chief technical officer Paddy Lowe described the problem as “intermittent, but really quite catastrophic”.
He said: “In that situation it’s really such an extreme loss of downforce, that it is not really safe.
“Of course we could consider racing without using any DRS, but that is not a way to compete.”
Asked if the team would endeavor to use the wing in the future, Lowe added: “Yeah, I am sure there is a way through this, that we just need to understand.
“I don't think there is anything sort of fundamentally wrong with this rear wing."
“It is something in the way everything has been put together, it is a combination, that is causing some strange phenomenon."
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