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Australian GP: Williams Martini Grand Prix Preview
The 2018 Formula One season is set to commence with the opening race the 2018 Australian GP in Melbourne. For the Williams Martini team it marks a variety of firsts, the first time we will see their new driver lineup of Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin compete together, the first time the new FW41 gets to run in anger in a Grand Prix, the fist time that we will get to see the use of Pirelli's new tyre compounds to name just a few. For both Sergey and Lance this race is one that they are truly looking forward to as they aim to, along with the team, come away with a good result for the first race of the season.
Barcelona Test 09:03:2018 Day Four
In what was the final day of testing for the Williams Martini team prior to the 2018 Australian GP Sergey Sirotkin and Lance Stroll would have a productive day working through a range of tyres as well as a series of performance tests. For Sergey it was probably his best day of testing completing 105 laps. Lance was limited in his track time but still came away feeling good about his days testing.
Barcelona Test 08:03:2018 Day Three
Day three of the Williams martini teams Barcelona test and it would be Robert Kubica who would run in the morning and Lance Stroll in the afternoon. Both drivers would have the opportunity to evaluate different tyres but the majority of their time was spent on the soft tyre. As it was their first time on the softer tyres there were some issues, especially with Lance, in getting the correct setup.
Barcelona Test 07:03:2018 Day Two
The Williams Martini team would complete their second day of testing at the Barcelona circuit. Again both Sergey Sirotkin and Lance Stroll would share the driving. Both drivers would suffer minor issues which would limit their track time but despite this it was still a productive day for the Williams team. The team had worked through soft tyre runs as well as runs with high fuel and a race simulation for Sergey.
Barcelona Test 06:03:2018 Day One
The Williams Martini team would return to the Barcelona circuit for the first day of testing in what is the last opportunity to do so before Australia. The team would run both Sergey Sirotkin and Lance Stroll during the day. Sergey would have a few minor issues that would affect his time on the track while Lance would complete a full race simulation which also saw him complete a run on the hypersoft tyre. Overall a productive day for the Williams team as they continued to put miles on the new FW41.
Barcelona Test 01:03:2018 Day Four
The Williams Martini team would complete their first week of testing at the Barcelona circuit. Sergey Sirotkin and Lance Stroll would share the driving but it would be Sergey would would have to contend with a wet track.In the afternoon the track would dry allowing Lance to get some limited performance runs on the final day.
Barcelona Test 28:02:2018 Day Three
The third day of the Williams Martini teams Barcelona test was firstly snowed out and then later in the day the track was affected by rain. The team would only send Robert Kubica for one lap without setting a time. Hopefully the fourth day of testing will be more productive.
Barcelona Test 27:02:2018 Day Two
The second day of the Williams Martini teams test at the Barcelona Circuit would see Sergey Sirotkin and Robert Kubica share the driving duties. Sergey would run in the morning and Robert in the afternoon. Both drivers would have to contend with cold conditions making it difficult to carry out proper dry weather running. As such most of the day was spent collecting data not looking to achieve anything significant in terms of performance.
Barcelona Test 26:02:2018 Day One
The Williams Martini team would complete their first day of testing for the 2018 Formula One season at the Barcelona circuit. It was a day that saw both Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin run but only Lance was able to get any dry laps in as it rained in the afternoon session when Sergey was behind the wheel. The day for the team was more about system checks than performance with the team completing 74 laps in total.
Williams Martini reveals FW41
Williams Martini Racing has revealed a first look of its 2018 Formula One challenger, the Williams Mercedes FW41, at the team’s season launch in London this evening. The FW41 looks significantly different to its predecessor the FW40. Speaking ahead of the 2018 season, Claire Williams, Deputy Team Principal, said: “I am thrilled to be back and launching our new car, for a new season, with a new, exciting driver line-up. (Additional images)
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