Wednesday, 20 March, 2019

Williams to miss opening day of testing

Williams delay start to pre-season testing Williams' car not ready for first day of testing
Cassandra Castillo | 18 February, 2019, 20:09

The team has announced ongoing delays since cancelling track running during a scheduled filming day on Saturday, with the FW42 not ready for its planned track debut.

"It is looking more likely than not that we will now not be in a position to run on track until Wednesday at the earliest", said Williams.

When Williams did bring a auto to the circuit on Monday, it remained unclear if it was indeed the finished 2019 vehicle, or the previous year's with new parts attached.

Williams have been forced to withdraw from the opening day of Formula One pre-season testing because their vehicle is not ready. However, missing two days of the pre-season means Williams has sacrificed 25 percent of its test time ahead of the first race of the season next month in Australia.

Williams' preparations for the 2019 F1 season have taken another hit as the team has indicated its new auto will not run until the third day of testing.

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Williams finished bottom of the constructors' championship previous year after one of the team's most miserable seasons in its long and storied F1 career.

"Our absolute priority is to always ensure we bring a vehicle to the track that is the best that it can be", she continued, "and sometimes that takes longer than you'd anticipate or like".

British rookie George Russell, who celebrated his 21st birthday on Friday, and the returning Robert Kubica will now be playing catch-up for a team bidding to bounce back from last season's miserable campaign.

"This is obviously extremely disappointing, but it is unfortunately the situation we are in".

The first pre-season takes place over four days before a second four-day test the following week.

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