After completing an extensive winter test programme the ROKiT Williams Team now moves to the Albert Park circuit for the 2020 Australian GP. The team has taken the opportunity to address some issues found during testing prior to their arrival in Melbourne. But now it is time for the team to work towards producing a good showing come Sunday's race. For team drivers George Russell and Nicholas Latifi this race will see George make his second appearance at the track while for Nicholas in his rookie year it will be his first. But this race will be the first opportunity for the team to see what progress has been made.
The 2020 FIA Formula One World Championship
kicks off this weekend as we head down under to the beautiful Albert
Park Circuit in Melbourne, with the city set to celebrate its 25th year
hosting Grands Prix. ROKiT Williams Racing heads into 2020 with a new
driver line-up but the same fighting spirit, as Canadian driver Nicholas
Latifi steps up to a full-time race seat accompanying Brit George
Russell, who returns for his second year in Formula One.
Dave Robson, Senior Race Engineer:
As in recent years, the buzzing city of Melbourne hosts the opening
round of the Formula One World Championship at the Albert Park circuit.
The track is a fierce proposition to start the season and asks some very
different questions to those that we faced during winter testing in
Barcelona. The track, which is essentially a street circuit, is
demanding on both the car and the drivers and if the weather is hot, it
can quickly become a significant physical challenge. The kerbs, high
speed corners and constant changes of direction all place stress on the
car and driver, and the many straights and acceleration zones make high
demands of the power unit.
We arrive in Melbourne on the back of an effective winter testing
campaign during which we completed almost 3500km of running. The few
niggles that we identified in Barcelona have received due attention in
the short break since testing. The progress will continue on Friday as
we work towards a strong showing on Sunday.
For George this his second trip to Melbourne and he will be able to
tackle the difficulties of Albert Park with a new understanding that
only a full Formula One season of experience can provide. Conversely,
for Nicholas, this his first visit to Melbourne and it will probably
take him a little time to understand the nuances of this exciting track.
However, as we have seen throughout last year and during winter testing,
it is a challenge that he will face with great skill and determination.
With some solid consistent running on Friday he will soon be up to
When I was first announced as the teamís race driver last year,
Melbourne seemed so far away! Now weíre almost ready to go racing and
the feeling of excitement has just been building day by day. Itís been a
long winter with a lot of work going on behind the scenes, so there is a
lot of anticipation going into my debut in Formula One. Iíve heard many
great things about the race and itís one of the few that I have yet to
attend, so Iím looking forward to taking in the whole event. Iím sure it
will be a weekend that I will remember for the rest of my life.
I am excited to head back to Melbourne, and to start racing again. It is
one of the best circuits on the calendar, it is unique and has a lot of
character. The team have worked extremely hard off the back of last
season, and we hope that we have found some more performance and have
continued to make progress ahead of the season start in Melbourne.
Race Data Friday:
Practice 1: 12:00 - 13:30
Practice 2: 16:00 - 17:30 Saturday:
Practice 3: 14:00 - 15:00
Qualifying: 17:00 Ė 18:00 Sunday: Race: 16:10
Australian GP: ROKiT Williams Grand Prix Preview
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Date: 10/03/2020 11:53
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