Driver: Robert Kubica
Chassis / Engine: FW42-01 / Mercedes-AMG F1 M10 EQ Power+
Location: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, 4.655 km
Weather: Dry and bright
The final day of testing for the
ROKiT Williams team at the second week of testing would see Robert Kubica
return to the driving duties. Even though Robert was able to complete a
total of ninety laps it was a day that saw the team still have issues. Some
of these would see the team rather than complete further track time working
on setup would complete a lengthy period of pit stop practice. Of note was
the fact that the Williams team had put all the names of the members of the
Williams team on the rear wing endplate in recognition of their efforts.
With the end of the day Robert
was open in his remarks as to how he was dissatisfied with how the Friday
had turned out. Robert said: "We lost another day today. Of course we did
some laps, but the car's state was far from optimal.
"We had some issues. Unfortunately the car was not representative to what it
should be, and this had a big impact on our test, our running programme of
"All the information's were misleading and in some way also was difficult to
get any information for Australia."
Robert's comments supported the view that the rush to get the FW42 ready and
the delay did have an impact on things such as spare parts.
Robert added: "Of course I think we face a big delay, and some of today's
issues is a consequence of being in a rush.
"If you struggle to have a car for the week before, you struggle to have
"And unfortunately today was required to have bits to replace, we couldn't
"In the end we did maximum from what we have, but this maximum is not
enough, because in the end the car was from optimal."
Paddy Lowe, Chief Technical Officer: For the final day of the
pre-season testing we planned an ambitious programme to mirror Georgeís from
yesterday. This involved more data gathering in the early cool track
conditions which we achieved very well, followed by some performance
experiments and a qualifying simulation before lunch. The long running in
the afternoon was unfortunately brought to a halt because a number of
critical bodywork parts had reached a stage of degradation that meant that
we were no longer learning useful information from the car nor indeed for
Robert. So we decided to switch our time to those final race procedural
practices (starts, pit stops etc.) that we need to do before Australia.
Having arrived late to the testing, our reliability during the running
itself has been incredibly high. Up until today we were on track to complete
our originally intended mileage and to consume all available tyre sets.
today this car has become ultimately too tired to continue. In the interest
of saving our resources for the important racing in Australia we felt it was
right to change the plan. In general, the car is not as its best and this
has affected our performance most particularly this morning with Robert in
the qualifying simulation and to some extent with George yesterday. This is
an important moment as we finish the pre-season testing to acknowledge the
huge effort that has been put in by everybody to design, manufacture and
operate this car. The car build and testing itself has required an extremely
intense period of more than three weeks working 24x7 by the trackside team.
What we have achieved despite our huge challenges is remarkable; well done
to the whole team.
Robert Kubica: It is a pity to end testing with a difficult day
before we head to the first race. Out of the runs that we did, we managed to
learn some things, but it hasnít given me the level of confidence that I
would have liked ahead of Australia. It wasnít the day that I was hoping for
after the delay to the start of testing, but you have to take the positives
out of these difficult situations.