First steps forward for ROKiT Williams?
By Andrew Hooper
May 12 2019
|First steps forward for ROKiT Williams?|
The opening series of races of the 2019 Formula One season would see the ROKiT Williams Team struggle with a wide ranging series of issues ranging from the late arrival of the FW42 at the teams pre-season testing, the lack of spare parts, and damage to both cars at the recent Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
But the overriding issue that has taken the majority of the teams focus has been the lack of performance from the 2019 FW42 and how to address this issue in terms of designing and manufacturing updates to run on the FW42.
Unfortunately the Williams team has had various internal issues that have restricted how quickly the team can respond to this. It has only been at the Spanish Grand Prix weekend that the team has been able to start looking at bringing some updates. The team has indicated that some small updates would be run in Spain but that further updates would be introduced at the up-coming test at the same Barcelona circuit.
Such was the lack of performance
from the FW42 that at the races held so far that in each qualifying session
both team drivers would be on average over a second slower than the next
slowest car. But in the Spanish qualifying session George Russell would
finish just 0.4 behind the next slowest car that of 18th-fastest Antonio
Giovinazzi's Alfa Romeo, with Lance Stroll's Racing Point two tenths further