Williams' involvement with the new formula 2 series has not affected the team's preparations for the 2009 F1 season, team co-owner and boss Sir Frank Williams insists.

Williams' involvement with the new formula 2 series has not affected the team's preparations for the 2009 F1 season, team co-owner and boss Sir Frank Williams insists.

Overseen by Patrick Head, the new F2 single seater - unveiled this week - has been designed and built in the same workshops as the Toyota-powered FW31.

Williams, 66, admits he initially feared the commitment might affect his independent team's core formula one effort.

"When I first heard about F2 I wasn't particularly happy about it," he is quoted as saying by the Press Association.

"I feared it would interfere with our F1 efforts, but it has caused us no problems at all," Williams said.

The Briton also said engaging in the low-cost F2 series has actually provided Williams with a "financial lesson" about how to race with very small budgets.

Patrick Head confirmed that the JPH01 (named after series boss Jonathan Palmer and Head) was designed on computer and without much wind tunnel testing, and with simplicity as a core principle.

 

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