Williams FW36 - trick intercooler packaging 24 June 2014
Williams produced a shock in Austria as they proved to be the most competitive team after Mercedes, carrying the fight to the championship leaders throughout the weekend. One of the secrets behind their pace also came to light over the Spielberg weekend - an innovative intercooler installation previously thought to be unique to the Silver Arrows (Click here for more). It was revealed earlier this season that Mercedes' decision to place the turbo and compressor at opposite ends of their power unit (Click here for more) has made cooling far more straightforward, and it's now emerged that the Mercedes-powered Williams squad have - like their engine suppliers - used this fact to cleverly locate their intercooler immediately behind the cockpit (red arrow). This allows them to run smaller, more aerodynamic sidepods, with incredibly neatly packaged radiators - a design arguably second only to Mercedes' own in terms of efficiency. Rivals using Ferrari and Renault power have not been able to integrate this layout since their power units group the turbo and compressor together at the rear of the engine (Click here for more), but expect it to become a trend on all teams' 2015 cars.