Australian GP: Williams Racing Friday Practice Review

By Williams Racing
March 15 2019

 Williams Racing Australian GP Friday Practice Review


Robert Kubica:
"This morning was quite difficult for us with much less grip from the track. We know Australia is more bumpy and the surface is completely different to Barcelona. We struggled quite a lot with general grip; this afternoon the feeling was slightly better as conditions improved and also the temperatures helped us a bit. We have to try to get the maximum from what we have and it depends what that maximum will be. I think we cannot target much more so the realistic aim is to extract the maximum from what we have."


George Russell:
"It was great to get out on the track in Melbourne for the first time. It really is an amazing circuit. On my first lap when I went down into turn three it felt like I was flying as everything was so close together. However, we didnt have the best of days in terms of lap time, as we are a long way off the rest at the moment. We know what we are in for across the first few races so we need to focus on building on that and making sure come mid-season we have something better. Overall, it was an amazing experience, especially with all the fans around the circuit, it is something that I will remember for a long time."

George Robson

Dave Robson, Senior Race Engineer:
"It was the first official on-track running of the new race season and we were able to complete our normal Friday programme. We started to look at the tyre behaviour of the three different compounds in warm conditions and around what is essentially a street circuit; so quite different to the cold conditions we had in Barcelona. We continued to learn about the basics of the car, picking up from the work we did in Barcelona, as well as getting the two drivers used to driving around Albert Park. For George it was his first time driving in Melbourne, and for Robert his first time in a while. We are doing our basic homework so that we can get the most out of the car tomorrow and Sunday. It has been the first time that we have had both Robert and George driving at the same time, which has given us a chance to compare their feedback and gain an understanding of how they are interpreting the conditions. Their comments are in good agreement and as a result we have a clear list of things to work on tonight."
Williams F1 Classification
Driver Chassis FP1 FP2
G. Russell FW42-02 1:28.740 (20th) 1:26.453 (19th)
R. Kubica FW42-01 1:27.914 (19th) 1:26.655 (20th)
Quickest Times
    L. Hamilton 1:23.599 L. Hamilton 1:22.600
Practice Conditions
  FP1 FP2
Weather Hot and dry Hot and dry
Air  & Track Temp 20-21C / 32-42C 21-22C / 40-44C

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