Chinese GP: Williams race sees a repeat of previous
By Andrew Hooper
April 14 2019
The results of the 2019 Chinese GP would see a repeat of the previous races for the ROKiT Williams Racing Team. Both drivers would finish two laps down with George Russell finishing in 16th and Robert Kubica 17th. Again both drivers would struggle ending in positions that were all that they could really hope for given the issues that they are still having with the FW42.
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Of more significance, it was interesting to see Robert pit just once, and Russell twice.
Russell: started on mediums > hards > softs
Kubica: started on mediums > hards
I didn't think the Williams car was capable of one-stopping, even though the car is very slow.
Before the season, I was concerned about Kubica's tyre preservation skills, but he's doing a very good job so far. Same for his one-lap speed, which I feared might be lacking.
"We had clean, well-driven races from both drivers and were able to execute a sensible one-stop strategy with Robert. We tried a similar strategy with George, but the length of the stint and the loss of some tyre temperature meant that ultimately, we opted to pit George for a second time and allow him to finish the race on a new qualifying tyre."
That's quite interesting about Russell. Kubica did 4 more laps on the same tyre on his opening stint. I wonder if Russell has fully adapted to F1 tyres yet, coming from the F2 tyres which are a different size and construction.