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Williams: Big demand on this single pre-season test

Williams: Big demand on this single pre-season test

Williams: Big demand on this single pre-season test
Williams’ Head of Vehicle Performance Dave Robson, insists that despite the 2023 Formula 1 cars being an evolution from 2022, many factors mean the three-day Bahrain pre-season test is critical.

Like all the other nine F1 teams, Williams are now in Bahrain getting ready for the only pre-test ahead of the 2023 season, a three-day testing session in Bahrain’s Sakhir track.

Previewing the upcoming test, Williams’ Dave Robson said: “The new season begins with a three-day test in Bahrain. Although the cars are mostly evolutions of the 2022 marques, there have been updates to the regulations and Pirelli tyres, and there are several driver changes amongst the teams. All this places a very big demand on this single pre-season test.

“The FW45 arrives in Bahrain having previously completed a filming day run at Silverstone. We expect to build on this early running and complete significant mileage over the coming days as we continue to prepare the car and the drivers for opening races of the season,” he explained.

Robson revealed that both of the team’s drivers, Alex Albon and American rookie Logan Sargeant, will get an equal chance to drive the team’s FW45

“The drivers will share the driving on Thursday before each enjoys a full day of running; Logan will drive on Friday and Alex on Saturday,” he said.

As for the test objectives, Robson said: “Our primary focus will be on ensuring that the car, team and drivers are race-ready for the upcoming Bahrain Grand Prix. We will also be collecting some fundamental data on the FW45 performance, which will aid the ongoing development programme.”

Albon and Sargeant preview the Bahrain test

Albon commented on the upcoming pre-season test as well, he said: “It’s great to be here in Bahrain ahead of pre-season testing, also knowing we now officially have James [Vowles] on board.

“We had our rollout at Silverstone last week – which was great to get those first laps in – and whilst the conditions at Silverstone are completely different, getting those laps under our belts is still important.

“Now we’re here in Bahrain for proper testing, we’ll need to adjust to the different conditions, with 1.5 days each to get comfortable with the car. Ultimately, it’s not much, so we need to be proactive in getting the car in a decent place as quickly as possible, which I think we did a good job at last year.

“Hopefully we have a better base to build off this season, however it’s difficult to comment on at this stage,” Albon concluded.

As for Sargeant; he was naturally enthusiastic about kicking off his F1 career; he said: “I’m super excited for testing in Bahrain. We already had a good feeling in the car at the rollout in Silverstone.

“I’m really looking forward to diving deeper into what the car is capable of and also getting more comfortable with it from my side. Bahrain is a track that I know well so that brings me confidence going into the test.

“Hopefully that’ll put us in a good spot ahead of the first race of the season. We’re going to try and make everyone’s efforts and hard work over the winter pay off,” the 22-year-old concluded.