Williams is having a pretty weird 2022 season. They have had very good races; however, it often happens that the British team lose all the pace they had found last weekend. Its two current drivers, Alex Albon and Nicholas Latifi, have battled to finish Sunday's main race in the top 10, and therefore in the points zone. The team commanded by Jost Capito is in the last position of the constructors' championship (P10) with only 3 points, which have been obtained only by the British-Thai driver, Alex Albon.
On the other hand, we have the Canadian driver, Nicholas Latifi. The qualifying session was one of the most difficult sessions for said rider. It's sad, but we are used to seeing Alex Albon always ahead of his teammate, so MotorLat was present during a media session with Dave Robson from Williams (head of vehicle performance), where we had the opportunity to ask him what was making qualifying too difficult for Nicholas, to which he commented:
“I think this weekend [Monaco Grand Prix weekend], it was just a lack of confidence. The car was where he wanted it to be. There were quite some changes overnights, it was better in FP3, and he showed a bit more pace and he showed more confidence.”
“Ultimately, in qualifying, he didn’t get quite the confidence to get enough front wing, enough aero balance in the car so I think that was probably what happened here.”
"I think at the end of Q1 he's a bit frustrated because actually he probably had quite a lot of confidence in the car at the end but just didn't get the front end to really be able to nail it." Dave Robson commented when the question was asked by MotorLat.
“I think there are some balance issues that we would like to improve that are somewhat inherent to the car. But I think going to Barcelona highlighted the lack of downforce that we have compared to other cars.”