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Williams working hard to ensure no repeats
The 2019 Formula One season was one beset with issues for the ROKiT Williams Team ranging from the late arrival of the FW42 to pre-season testing followed by a variety of issues relating to the performance of the car through to the availability of parts and the delays in seeing updates arrive for the car during the season. All these would see the Williams Team forced to closely re-examine the way that the team manages a wide variety of processes within the organisation to ensure that they are not repeated in their preparations for and during the 2020 season.
Russell uncertain over 2020 improvements
ROKiT Williams Racing 2020 lead driver George Russell has been the focus of much media comment regarding the teams prospects for the 2020 Formula One season. After a very difficult 2019 season Russell is still confident that the team will be able to produce a far more competitive 2020 car. But despite his positive comments there has also been an air of uncertainty as to how far these improvementrs will see the Williams Team move forward relative to their midfield competition.
Ticktum joins Williams Racing Driver Academy
ROKiT Williams Racing announced that Dan Ticktum has joined the team’s driver academy in the role of Development Driver. As a Development Driver, Dan will be fully immersed into the team both trackside and at the factory at Grove, where he will use his previous experience to conduct simulator work and help with car development.
ROKiT Williams Abu Dhabi Test 04:12:2019 Day Two
The ROKiT Williams team would complete their final day of the Pirelli Abu Dhabi Test at the Yas Marinia circuit. Present were 2020 driver Nicholas Latifi joined by Roy Nissany. Both drivers would test the 2020 Pirelli tyre in what was a productive day for the team. After a long season this day would see the team complete their 2019 campaign. Now it is the preparations for the 2020 season as well as getting a well earned break during the Christmas period.
ROKiT Williams Abu Dhabi Test 03:12:2019 Day One
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.
Abu Dhabi GP: Final race of 2019 for ROKiT Williams
The ROKiT Williams Team would complete their final race of the 2019 Formula One season with results that were in line with those of the rest of the season with George Russell finishing ahead of team-mate Robert Kubica. The pair would finish in 17th and 18th after a race that initially saw Robert ahead of George having made a better start but incidents during the race would see Robert's car damaged and he would drop back from George as the final stages of the race were completed. For Robert it was his last race for the Williams Team while George will be joined by Nicholas Latifi in 2020.
Abu Dhabi GP: Expected qualifying result for ROKiT Williams
The final qualifying session of the 2019 season at the Abu Dhabi GP would see the ROKiT Williams Team achieve what was an expected result with their drivers again slowest. After practice their pace was such that it was not looking promising in qualifying. George Russell would again finish ahead of team-mate Robert Kubica making it 21-0 in George's favour over Robert in the 2019 qualifying sessions. But one bit of consolation is the fact that the gap to the cars in front of them is a lot closer than expected.
Abu Dhabi GP:More of the same for ROKiT Williams in FP3
The final practice session for the 2019 Abu Dhabi GP would see a very typical result for the ROKiT Williams team with both drivers slowest. Again we would see George Russell finish ahead of team-mate Robert Kubica with the gap 0.6s. Both drivers would focus on runs using just the soft tyre but it was a difficult session as it is not at the same time as the next session qualifying so it was difficult to assess their pace.
Abu Dhabi GP: Productive FP2 for ROKiT Williams
The ROKiT Williams team would complete their second Friday practice session for the 2019 Abu Dhabi GP in what the team would describe as a productive session. For drivers George Russell and Robert Kubica they would again be slowest but this time it would be George who was the quicker of the pair. Both drivers would have several runs on the soft tyre prior to running a split tyre evaluation late in the session using the hard and medium tyre.
Abu Dhabi GP: Busy FP1 for ROKiT Williams
The opening Friday practice session for the 2019 Abu Dhabi GP would see the ROKiT Williams Team work through their Friday programme in what was a busy session for the team. At the end it would be Robert Kubica who would finish ahead of his team-mate George Russell. There had been reports of George been ill but he was able to get out and complete the most laps of any driver in the session. The pair would finish in 18th and 20th.
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