Formula One: Williams hopeful over new tyres

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Williams are hoping for positive outcome from improved Pirelli tyres at Hungarian Grand Prix as they look to improve on their disappointing season.

At the halfway stage of the 2013 season Williams have still not registered a point, their longest-ever drought from the start of an F1 year.

In response to that disastrous start they announced last week that Pat Symonds will replace Mike Coughlan as technical director as they look to improve their fortunes as soon as possible.

The season will resume next week in Budapest after this week’s Young Drivers Test at Silverstone. The testing also allowed the teams to practice with the revised tyres provided by Pirelli, introduced following the blow-out controversies at June’s British Grand Prix.

Williams admit they saw some positive signs that they hope to build on during the second half of the season.

Chief engineer Xevi Pujolar thinks the new tyres will help the Williams drivers have a better chance of finishing in the points for the remainder of the year.

“For us we find that there are some differences. It’s not a revolution; it doesn’t transform the car.

“New-tyre grip is a bit different on the warm-up phase but then in long-run consistency we think they are a bit better. In terms of graining and resistance it’s better as well. For the race it will change a bit because you can push, so for us it’s a positive change.”

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