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Nicholas Latifi (CDN) Williams Racing FW43B. Formula One Testing, Saturday 13th March 2021. Sakhir, Bahrain.

Williams: We are pleased with our initial findings from testing

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Williams were pleased with their “initial findings” from pre-season testing but are not ready to make a prediction about the performance level of the FW43B compared to their rivals ahead of the 2021 Formula 1 season.

The Grove-based outfit completed the three days with very few issues, with Nicholas Latifi, George Russell and academy driver Roy Nissany spending a day in the car each.

Across the three-day test the team put in a total of 373 laps, more than all of the other Mercedes-powered teams.

Williams have finished bottom in the constructors’ championship in each of the past three seasons and failed to score a single point in 2020. However, under the ownership of Dorilton Capital and with new personnel, including CEO Jost Capito, now in place, there is hope they can start to climb the order from within the team.

“We can be pleased with our day’s work today,” head of vehicle performance Dave Robson said after the completion of running on Sunday. “The car ran reliably throughout, which is testament to the skill and effort of all those in Grove and at the track involved in designing, manufacturing and operating it.

“We were able to complete over 850km of valuable running, which enabled us to do a lot of testing and to gain further experience of the new Pirelli tyres. We worked through a good programme that included all aspects of a typical race weekend and which stressed the team, including George. Everyone rose to the challenge and is now looking forward to the real test in a few weeks’ time.

“It is too early to comment on the pace of FW43B, but we are pleased with our initial findings. There are a lot of things to work on and improve, but we have a good understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the car. We have a good opportunity over the next few days to identify areas that we can develop before the first race, and out of this will come some new test items and a run programme for FP1. We are looking forward to running the car again soon and seeing just how much we can extract from it.”

Williams will now work through the data they collected during testing before the first race of the season on March 28.