Claire Williams: We can largely catch upFebruary 28, 2019
The second week of tests began for Williams much better than the previous one, when it turned out that the new FW42 machine was not ready, and the team was able to start work only on the third day of four.
But yesterday, George Russell, the debutant of the team, drove 119 laps, which can be considered a completely convincing indicator of reliability, and on Wednesday evening, Robert Kubica managed to overcome another 103 laps and continues to remain on the track.
Claire Williams, deputy head of Williams, commenting on the situation with the tests for the press, stressed that the team would draw all the necessary conclusions to prevent the preparation schedule for the season to be disrupted next year.
“I think this can happen, and in the past we have already seen it, so everything must be done so that this situation does not happen again,” she said. – To some extent, this has affected our test program, and now we have to squeeze it, but we have a clear idea of what aspects to focus on. If the machine is reliable, it minimizes the loss of time. Fortunately, the FW42 is still working reliably – although it is better to knock on wood – which means that we can largely catch up.
As for the positions in which Williams can be, then, in my opinion, do not rush to conclusions. I do not think that the picture will clear up to Australia. It is clear that I do not want to be back in the tail, but we have always said that the work of the team is a process, a movement.
Our rivals have worked hard and, perhaps, are ahead of us, but we will continue to work hard to recoup after last year’s problems and the difficulties with which the tests began for us. ”
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