Austrian GP: Work to do for Williams but great to be back
The Williams Racing Team would complete te first day of practice for the 2020 Austrian GP. It would be a day where the team worked through various tyre runs with longer runs late in the session. George Russell and Nicholas Latoifi would finish in 18th and 20th. For Nicholas his session would be hampered by two spins while running on the soft tyre. The results of the day would show that the Williams team had closed the gap by small margins but still have a lot of work to do to get themselves well and truly in the midfield. But it is very early days..
Austrian GP: Early days for Russell and Latifi
The Williams Racing Team would complete their first session of the 2020 Formula One season for the Austrian GP. Both drivers would have uneventful sessions as they worked through various tyre combinations. George Russell would finish in 17th and Nicholas Latifi 18th. Both drivers would set their quickest times on soft tyre runs. It is very early days for the team as they start their road to recovery after a disasterous 2019. The FW43 is in its infancy in terms of development so any small signs of improvement are a positive.
Austrian GP: Williams Racing Grand Prix Preview
Following on from a long period of been unable to race Williams Racing is now joining the Formula One paddock in moving to Austria for the first round of a restarted 2020 Formula One championship. The 2020 Austrian GP will be the first of an instense period of back-to-back races. For the Williams team the last time they were able to run the FW43 was in winter testing but since the teams return from the lockdown they have worked hard to get the car ready including developing new updates for the car for this first race. For both team drivers George Russell and Nicholas Latifi the return to racing is a time of excitment simply been pleased to be able to return to real life racing.
Time of change for Williams Racing
With one week to go before the 2020 Formula One season restarts the Williams Racing team has seen, despite what essentially has been a lockdown period for the teams, a massive amount of activity taking place ranging from the announcement of a Sale process been commenced through to the announcement of the loss of the team main sponsor and with the arrival of new staff and just recently the unveiling of the new 2020 colour scheme for the FW43. A time for change the Williams team.
Williams Racing unveils new FW43 colour scheme
The Williams Racing Team has relased images of the updated colour scheme for the Williams Racing FW43. It is a departure form the previous one where red was the main colour whereas white is now dominating. There are now new sponsors but their positioning on teh car has now changed.
Latifi returns to work at Williams
With the world of Formula One slowly coming out of the lockdown arising from the Covid-19 pandemic announcements have been made about the opening races of the 2020 calendar plus more drivers are taking to the track or the simulator to get back up to speed prior to the first race in Austria. One such driver is Williams Racing's Nicholas Latifi who was, along with team-mate George Russell, was seen back at the Williams factory heading for the teams simulator.
Possible sale of Williams in best interests of the team
The Formula One world was shocked by the announcement that the Williams Grand Prix company was entering into the process of formally putting the company up for sale. The process could result in various options ranging from new investors coming into the company through to a complete sale of the company, But despite the indications that all is far from well within the team Claire Williams has made it clear that the potential sale should be viewed as a more of positive move for the team as they try and sort out their future.
Major changes announced in Williams Grand Prix Results
Williams Grand Prix Holdings PLC today announced the Group’s financial results for the year ended 31 December 2019. Contained within these results were various annocemenst regarding the future direction of the company as well as the termination of the partnership with title partner ROKiT. The WGPH board made it clear that they believe that the strategic review and formal sale process is the right and prudent thing to do in order to take time to consider a full range of options and put the Formula 1 team in the best possible position for the future. Despite these challenges the team remains ready to start the 2020 Formula 1 season.
Further changes to F1 Regulations approved
The World Motor Sport Council has approved further changes to the Sporting, Technical and Financial Regulations governing the FIA Formula One World Championship primarily due to the ongoing need to reduce costs and safeguard the sport in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Russell hoping for test prior to season start
With the start of the 2020 Formula One season not that far away ROKiT Williams driver George Russell has been keeping himself busy by taking part in the Virtual GP series but at some time soon he is hoping that he can return to the track prior to the first of the post virus lockdown races in Austria on July 5. Whether this would be in an older F1 car or even a lower class Formula car doesn't matter so long as he can return to the track.