Williams: The FW42 will only run Wednesday at the earliest

Williams have started the 2019 Formula 1 season in the worst way possible as another day of testing will be missed tomorrow, making it two days that the team and their new drivers Robert Kubica and George Russell will miss while their rivals rack up mileage.

Claire Williams, Deputy Team Principal, ROKiT Williams Racing: “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. This is obviously extremely disappointing, but it is unfortunately the situation we are in. We will be getting the FW42 on track as soon as we are able.”


This is a huge blow for Kubica and George both in desperate need of track time for obvious reasons, the Pole funding his drive through backers makes a return to the top flight after an eight-year journey to return, while Russell as a rookie will also be disappointed by the turn of events.

This is the second car being built under technical director Paddy Lowe’s watch, and after last year’s disastrous FW41, the successor simply has to be good for the situation not to worsen drastically. The two (or more) days of delay will be hurting all involved.

This means Williams will only have six or fewer days to prepare for the season opener in exactly a month from now.

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