F1 »

F1 Malaysian GP: Baffled Williams forced to drop seatbelt supplier

Williams will drop seatbelt supplier Willans for OMP ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix after Valtteri Bottas suffers issues in Singapore.
RESULTS: Malaysian Grand Prix – Qualifying results

Williams' Rob Smedley has revealed the team will be forced to switch seat belt suppliers after the device worked loose in Valtteri Bottas' car during the Singapore Grand Prix.

The team currently use Willans as a supplier for their seat belts, but Bottas was forced to make an unscheduled pit-stop during the Singapore GP after belt worked loose for reasons he could not explain.

As a result, Smedley says Williams has no choice but to drop Willans in favour of OMP going forward for the safety of its drivers.

“Unless you find a fault with the buckle, seat belts very rarely - I mean never – come undone, so something else has happened to make it come undone” Smedley said.

“Whatever has forced the seat belt open after 30-odd laps, whether that's Valtteri inadvertently catching it with his glove or his overalls riding up, or something like that, that should never, ever happen.

HIRED & FIRED: Even Sam Allardyce lasted longer than some of these F1 teams and drivers…

“For the safety of the drivers that is of paramount importance, over and above everything including reliability, the performance of the car.

“Whatever way you want to look at it, we're all racers, and at the end of the day the safety of the drivers in general is the absolute number one priority.

“We're going to be testing another manufacturer at the next grand prix, which is the earliest we could do that, and then with a view - if everything's all right - to race with them in America.”

Bottas spoke of the mishap on Thursday and said that it wasn't the first time that his seat belt had come loose in a grand prix, citing the 2014 Brazilian GP as another instance where he had experienced the problem.

“It's not the first time this happened, it happened to me two years ago in Brazil so we definitively need to make some changes and that's what we're going to do,” the Finn said.

“I did less than one lap [with the loose belt in Singapore], and it was OK. You obviously try not to crash but I didn't slow down much.”

WHERE & WHEN can you watch the Malaysian Grand Prix


Latest Tweets from Crash.net & GPF1rst




Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
08.07.2016 - Free Practice 2, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams FW38
French Grand Prix at Paul Ricard
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Pirelli 2017 tyre test [Credit: Pirelli]
27.11.2016 - Race, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 with Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW38
27.11.2016 - Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW38
27.11.2016 - Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW38
27.11.2016 - Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW38
27.11.2016 - Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW38 and Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren Honda MP4-31
27.11.2016 - Race, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams FW38 and Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW38
27.11.2016 - Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW38 and Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams FW38
27.11.2016 - Race, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams FW38
27.11.2016 - Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW38
27.11.2016 - Race, Start of the race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren Honda MP4-31 and Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams FW38
27.11.2016 - Jenson Button (GBR)  McLaren Honda MP4-31 and Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW38
27.11.2016 - Group photo 2016 F1 drivers, Jenson Button (GBR)  McLaren Honda MP4-31 and Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW38
27.11.2016 - Jenson Button (GBR)  McLaren Honda MP4-31 and Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW38
27.11.2016 - Jenson Button (GBR)  McLaren Honda MP4-31 and Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW38
27.11.2016 - Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM09 and Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW38

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.