In the wake of the Rokit Williams 2019 livery launch the other day, it appears that the new FW42 will miss its scheduled shakedown run, as the car build is delayed ahead of testing in Barcelona.
RaceFans were first to report that the team’s new car shakedown will not happen as planned on Saturday, they quote Claire Williams, “As anyone would expect, we have had an extremely aggressive engineering programme over the winter.”
“As such, we have taken the decision not to run our car during our filming day this weekend in order to allow the team to maximise the time at the factory before we head to Barcelona for the first day of the test on February 18th.”
The FW42 is the second car built under Paddy Lowe’s watch as technical chief. Last year’s car was the worst in the team’s history, only good for last in the 2018 F1 constructors’ championship, thus much hinges on the car which they hope will return them to top of the midfield.
George Russell and Kubica are tasked to turn around the team’s fortunes, but the Pole (as well as his rookie teammate) will need as much track time as possible, not only to develop the new car, but also to dial themselves into the top flight.
— ROKiT WILLIAMS RACING (@WilliamsRacing) February 11, 2019