The ROKiT Williams Team would complete the second day of their 2020 pre-season testing at the Barcelona circuit. This day would see George Russell carry out the driving duties with the morning focusing on aero assessments with the FW43 running with rakes for quite a large part of the morning session. The afternoon session would see George complete several runs evaluating new tyres. The team tried a range of things during the day some of which according to George were not that positive but he added that this is what winter testing is all about.
ROKiT Williams Barcelona Test 20:02:2020 Day
Drivers: George Russell
Chassis / Engine: FW43-01 / Mercedes-AMG F1 M11 EQ Performance
Location: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, 4.655 km
Weather: Moderate and dry
Dave Robson, Senior Race
Engineer: George drove the car today and took the opportunity to build
on the work we undertook yesterday. We again started the day with aero work,
constructing a programme based on yesterday’s findings. Once the track
reached a more useful temperature, we started our new tyre work
concentrating on more aero development and some tyre compound comparisons.
Over lunch we elected to take some time to make some more involved changes
before completing a further series of new tyre runs in the afternoon. We
also found some minor damage to the rear of the car, which needed repairing
before we could start the afternoon programme. Running was hampered a little
by the late red flag, but nonetheless we achieved almost everything we had
intended to. The Barcelona track remains in very good condition and, with
more good weather forecast for tomorrow, we look forward to continuing our
meticulous testing programme when Nicholas will again return to driving
George Russell:It was a productive day. We have tested a lot of
aero items to understand if everything correlates in the wind tunnel and
CFD. We spent this morning doing a lot of rake running, which is beneficial
for the short term and productive in the long run. We had an issue over
lunch which delayed our running this afternoon. Although everything did not
go to plan, it was still productive, and this is what winter testing is all
about. We will keep pushing to get the most out of these six days of
In interviews after the day completed George commented: "It wasn't a perfect
day to be hones as we had a bit of an issue which delayed our running this
afternoon but I think it was definitely productive. We still need to analyse
the data as we tried a lot of things mmmmm they weren't positive but I think
that's a good thing that they weren't to understand the direction we need to
go with the car. So this is what winter testing is all about and we need to
keep on pushing.
We have loads of aero items to try and see if everything's correlating to
the wind tunnel and CFD and how it working on the track. We did loads of
rake running this morning but I don't have the results from yet but its very
beneficial and its what is needed in these early days. So like I said it was
the perfect day but it will be productive in the long run.
There is no way that we will be as far off the pace as we were last year. I
still think realistically to have found last year on average we were one
second behind and you can say the other teams have found at least three
tenths so for us to be fighting we need to have found at least this amount
so you know if we can achieve what we are aiming for then I think it will be
a great job which tis to be fighting with other teams."
The FW43 returns to the track tomorrow in Barcelona with
Nicholas Latifi in the car.
Pos. Driver Team Best Time Total Laps
1. K. Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN 1:17.091 134
2. S. Perez BWT Racing Point F1 Team 1:17.347 145
3. D. Ricciardo Renault F1 Team 1:17.749 41
4. A. Albon Aston Martin Red Bull Racing 1:17.912 134
5. P. Gasly Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda 1:18.121 147
6. S. Vettel Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow 1:18.154 73
7. G. Russell ROKiT Williams Racing 1:18.266 116
8. C. Leclerc Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow 1:18.335 49
9. L. Hamilton Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:18.387 106
10. L. Norris McLaren F1 Team 1:18.474 137
11. R. Grosjean Haas F1 Team 1:18.496 158
12. E. Ocon Renault F1 Team 1:18.557 52
13. V. Bottas Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:19.307 77
ROKiT Williams Barcelona Test 20:02:2020 Day Two
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Date: 21/02/2020 00:46
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