“I think when you look at the cars, it’s quite interesting to see that there are different concepts and they get very much to the same result. It will be very interesting to see when we analyse the other concepts, is there more potential to change the concept or is more potential to develop our concept further? That it’s quite an interesting engineering discussion and decision at the end.
“I think that with every concept, you have to get the experience with enough experience on the track. So every concept that you see out there, there’s room to improve. You just have to see which concept has the most potential? It’s impossible to say right now, because you only find that when you work on the track.”
Though teams have turned up to winter testing with varying concepts and different looking cars, Capito also expects that those nuances will make little difference in terms of outright performance at the beginning of the season.
“We expect it to be pretty close. Because even if you see different concepts, the regulations are very clearly defined and doesn’t give you much room. Even if they look different, I don’t think that the results are so different.
“I think everybody got something right and something wrong, we have to work out what we got wrong.
“The feeling is, especially with Nikki [Latifi] having been here last year, the car is easier to drive. That doesn’t mean it’s good. But if the driver has got the better confidence, he will drive quicker.”
Williams lost an afternoon of track time on day two following a brake fire and subsequent damage as a result. Capito said that the problem was small and “too stupid to talk about,” and the team has no fears of a repeat for the remainder of the pre-season test.
Nicholas Latifi will be getting the afternoon in the car as a result to make up for his lost track time while Alex Albon will get to complete a qualifying session sim to conclude his part in the Bahrain test.