The ROKiT Williams team would complete the first day of their post-seaspon testing at the Yas Marina Circuit. The driving duties would be split between George Russelll in the morning and newcomer Roy Nissany in the afternoon. The main focus of the day was tyre evaluations of Pirelli's new 2020 tyre as well as conducting aero assessments. Both drivers would be able to get through the teams programme without any issues.
Test 03:12:2019 Day One
Drivers: George Russell, Roy
Chassis / Engine: FW42-01 / Mercedes-AMG F1 M10 EQ Power+
Location: Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi
Weather: Warm and dry
Dave Robson, Senior Race
Engineer: George was back in the car this morning, fresh from a strong
performance during the race on Sunday. We took the opportunity to explore
the 2020 tyre offering from Pirelli and completed a series of comparison
runs on several of the proposed 2020 compounds, using the 2019 tyres as the
baseline. We were able to evaluate the performance in both short and long
runs as we worked to maximise the potential of the new tyres. George enjoyed
a clean morning with no track disruptions and was able to get a good
understanding of how the 2020 tyres will perform at higher track
temperatures. Once George had completed his tyre programme, we prepared the
car for Roy Nissany who made his debut in the FW42 this afternoon. The main
objectives with Roy were to get him comfortable in the car and to give him
his first experience of the FW42 whilst gathering his thoughts on the 2020
tyres. We completed all these objectives without issue and Roy did an
excellent job on his first day with the Team. Roy will continue in the car
tomorrow morning and will complete the aero rake running that is permitted
during the first hour of each day. After that he will complete some clean
car running before handing the car over to Nicholas, who will spend the rest
of the day completing our tyre testing programme and generally preparing
himself for his debut Formula One race in Melbourne in little over 3 months’
George Russell: It was a productive day in the car. We ran five sets
of 2020 tyres and gathered some useful information, which will benefit us
next season. I am looking forward to Australia and going racing again.
Roy Nissany: Firstly, I
feel great. You know that feeling that you like your job and you know what
you are doing. It took me four laps to get comfortable in the car, and from
there on it was just building up my pace and confidence. We were improving
and making our best laps until the end, and we made a few changes according
to my wishes. I now feel confident in the car, with a lot of potential in
our pocket so that tomorrow morning will be exactly what we need for the
last improvements in 2019.
The FW42 returns to the track tomorrow in Abu Dhabi with Roy Nissany and
Nicholas Latifi in the car.
Pos. Driver Team Best Time Total Laps
1. V. Bottas Mercedes 1:37.124 138
2. S. Vettel Ferrari 1:37.991 136
3. D. Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:38.183 72
4. S. Perez Racing Point F1 Team 1:38.434 120
5. R. Grosjean Haas F1 Team 1:39.526 146
6. L. Norris McLaren F1 Team 1:39.742 125
7. M Verstappen Red Bull Racing 1:39.926 153
8. E. Ocon Renault F1 Team 1:39.962 77
9. G. Russell ROKiT Williams Racing 1:40.368 87
10. K. Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing 1:40.903 93
11. S. Gelael Toro Rosso 1:41.640 67
12. R. Nissany ROKiT Williams Racing 1:44.760 41
ROKiT Williams Abu Dhabi Test 03:12:2019 Day One
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Date: 04/12/2019 07:37
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