The ROKiT Williams Team moves to North America for the next round of the F1 season the 2019 Canadian GP. This weekend will see all three Williams drivers taking part with Reserve driver Nichola Latifi taking part in the opening Friday practice, replacing Robert Kubica. For Robert this sees him return to the track where in won in 2008. For George Russell he will make his first appearance at the Canadian track. The team is bringing updates for this race which both George and Nicholas will run on Friday. As in previous races the team is hoping to get the most out of the FW42 chassis.
We are ready to hop across the pond to North
America for round seven of the 2019 Formula One World Championship.
Montreal has the unique privilege of breaking up the European leg of the
season and a city that grinds to a halt over the race weekend as fans
from around the world descend on Quebec.
Robert looks forward to driving in Canada once again, a race he has had
previous success at having taken victory there in 2008. George,
meanwhile, makes his first appearance in Montreal, having never
previously driven the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve. Finally, the teamís
Reserve Driver, Nicholas Latifi will drive the FW42 once again, this
time during FP1 in front of his home crowd.
Dave Robson, Senior Race Engineer:
For round seven of the Championship, we leave Europe once again and head
to Montreal for one of the most enjoyable races on the calendar.
Situated on the Notre Dame Island, alongside the rowing lake built for
the 1976 Olympic Games, the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve always leads to
some exciting and close racing. Overtaking is easier than at many
circuits and the weather and tyres often play a significant part in the
race strategy. In contrast to Monaco, most cars will run lower downforce
to increase their straight-line speed and therefore their race pace.
However, this can come at the expense of qualifying lap time as well as
tyre management. As a result, we can expect to see a range of set-up
Following his successful testing appearances in Bahrain and Barcelona,
our Reserve Driver Nicholas Latifi will drive Robertís car during FP1.
This is Nicholasís home race and we look forward to some strong local
support on Friday. Nicholas will be involved fully in our race
preparations, and alongside George will conduct some important testing
of new components during FP1. For FP2 onwards Robert will return to the
track and refamiliarise himself with the circuit which played host to
his maiden Formula One victory in 2008.
Montreal is a great city and one of my favourite Grands Prix. Although
it was a long time ago, I have good feelings there and I am excited to
return. It is a unique track, very demanding and can be quite tricky. I
am looking forward to racing once again in Canada, letís see what we can
achieve this weekend.
I am really looking forward to the Canadian Grand Prix as I hear that it
is an amazing place. I enjoy driving new circuits and it looks like a
very fun and unique place to drive. Off the back of a few positives in
Monaco we are hoping to continue our momentum getting closer to the rest
of the field.
Iím really excited to take part in my first FP1 session with the team.
The fact that itís at my home GP will definitely add an extra bit of
excitement but nonetheless the goal still remains the same. I want to do
a good job for the team and give them the feedback they need to guide
them going into FP2. I feel really well prepared after the three days of
in-season testing I have had, along with all the work I have conducted
at the factory this year, I canít wait to hit the track!
Race Data Friday:
Practice 1: 10:00 - 11:30
Practice 2: 14:00 - 15:30 Saturday:
Practice 3: 11:00 - 12:00
Qualifying: 14:00 Ė 15:00 Sunday: Race: 14:10
Canadian GP: ROKiT Williams Grand Prix Preview
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Date: 04/06/2019 08:49
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