By Andrew Hooper - Williams Racing February 22 2019
The final day of the ROKiT Williams test would see both Robert Kubica and George Russell have the opportunity to test the new FW42. Robert was run in the morning and would spend the majority of his time conducting aero evaluations and data collection. He would use by the soft tyre as well as the C4 red tyre during his runs. At lunchtime he had completed forty eight laps. After lunch it would be George's turn in the FW42 but the start of his run would be delayed by a fault with the FW42. Despite this would would get out and like Robert complete aero evaluations. His session would also be hindered by several red flags caused by other teams.
Test 21:02:2019 Day Four
Driver: Robert Kubica (AM),
George Russell (PM)
Chassis / Engine: FW42-01 / Mercedes-AMG F1 M10 EQ Power+
Location: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, 4.655 km
Weather: Cold and dry
Temperatures (min-max): Air 4-14ºC / Track 5-26ºC
The final day of the ROKiT
Williams test would see both Robert Kubica and George Russell have the
opportunity to test the new FW42. Robert was run in the morning and would
spend the majority of his time conducting aero evaluations and data
collection. He would use by the soft tyre as well as the C4 red tyre during
his runs. At lunchtime he had completed forty eight laps. After lunch it
would be George's turn in the FW42 but the start of his run would be delayed
by a fault with the FW42. Despite this would would get out and like Robert
complete aero evaluations. His session would also be hindered by several red
flags caused by other teams. He was able to set a quicker time than Robert
despite his limited running.
Paddy Lowe, Chief Technical Officer: The start of our first proper
pre-season testing with the FW42. The final few parts had arrived overnight,
so we started the day with a complete car. The main focus of the programme
has been data gathering particularly around aerodynamics with only a very
modest amount of performance running for the drivers just to get some
initial feedback. Neither driver was able to get enough laps to really find
the limits of the car. The morning was a much better session for Robert in
the sense of objectives achieved. Unfortunately, we had a small fault at the
end of the morning session which took a long time to correct and so we were
late out for the afternoon and had a mixture of other small problems and red
flags. This meant we didn’t achieve all our intent with George.
Nevertheless, both drivers have had their first look at the car with some
interesting feedback already and we have some valuable data to take back to
the factory. Our focus will now move to achieving a solid programme in the
four days of testing next week. Thanks once again to all the team for the
huge effort they have put in over the last week. It has been a very
difficult process for everybody, but we are now moving forwards.
Robert Kubica: It was my first time out in the car, so it does not
feel like day four of testing, but day one. This morning we spent the time
gathering data, signing off tests for the engineering department and trying
to put mileage on the car. I had 12 performance laps in the car, so it is
too early to talk about feelings, those will become clearer next week. It
would be better to have more time in the car as Australia is not far off,
from both a driver and a car point of view. Everybody has their own job in
the team and I must concentrate on mine to ensure that we are in the best
possible shape for the first race.
George Russell: It was very important to get some mileage under our belt and
get a feel for the car. It gives us a good understanding of where we are at,
our limitations and what we need to work on next week. The car felt stable
and I had a good feeling, but I am still yet to reach the full performance
from the car. We are all excited to get back out on track on Tuesday but
first we have a lot of work to do to make sure that the car is in the best
possible state, that we have no issues and we can get the laps because we
have some catching up to do.
The FW42 returns to the track for the second week of testing in Barcelona on
Tuesday 26 February..
Pos. Driver Team Best Time Total Laps
1. N. Hulkenberg Renault F1 Team 1:17.393 24
2. A. Albon Toro Rosso Honda 1:17.637 136
3. D. Ricciardo Renault F1 Team 1:17.785 34
4. V. Bottas Mercedes 1:17.857 57
5. L. Hamilton Mercedes 1:17.977 58
6. C. Leclerc Ferrari 1:18.046 138
7. L. Norris McLaren F1 Team 1:18.431 132
8. A. Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing 1:18.511 154
9. R. Grosjean Haas F1 Team 1:18.563 64
10. K. Magnussen Haas F1 Team 1:18.720 66
11. P. Gasly Red Bull Racing 1:18.780 146
12. L. Stroll Racing Point F1 Team 1:19.664 72
13. G. Russell ROKiT Williams Racing 1:20.997 17
14. R. Kubica ROKiT Williams Racing 1:21.542 48
Williams Barcelona Test 21:02:2019 Day Four
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Date: 22/02/2019 06:30
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