In recent days, it has been rumored that the team's KERS problems experienced in Barcelona were too big to be addressed in time for the season opening Australian Grand Prix. Shortly after, a spokesman for the team let the fans know via Tweeter that the technicians back at Grove have managed to solve all those issues and that the FW33 will indeed benefit from KERS power in Melbourne.
Now, Williams' technical director Sam Michael told the media that his team has gotten past all its troubles and that they are ready to go all in at Albert Park two weekends from now.
“We are always ready for whatever we need to be ready for. It will be good to get the season underway now as it feels slightly strange not to be racing already at this time of the year,” said Michael.
“Some small faults caused some downtime, but that is the result of having such tightly integrated systems on F1 cars now. Encouragingly, we haven't had any issues with the new conceptual areas that we pushed the boundaries on, like the drive-shafts. We have successfully completed 4969.2 kilometers during winter testing.”
According to the same Williams official, the team has now worked out its KERS-related problems completely and the Australian Grand Prix will be dealt with using the technology.
“We had a problem with the inverter, which is located between the battery and the Motor Generator Unit (MGU). The main problem was that when we had a failure the inverter didn't isolate effectively. We have therefore put in place design changes to give that isolation, and avoid the fault happening again. We have a full solution to allow us to race KERS in Melbourne,” he added.