Nicholas Latifi: I knew what to expect from the carApril 4, 2019
On the second day of the tests in Bahrain behind the wheel of Williams got backup pilot Nicholas Latifi. The team is satisfied with the work of the Canadian, who drove 100 laps …
Dave Robson, chief race engineer: “Today conditions in Sakhir were much better than yesterday, when we had to interrupt work on the track. Most of the time the weather was warm and stable, so the work on the program was pretty fast.
Nicholas first sat behind the wheel of the FW42 and did a fine job with everything. First, he traveled to collect data – we gave him time to get comfortable and feel comfortable. By the middle of the morning session, we went to work with speed and used several new sets of tires C2 – this composition was used during the last racing weekend.
After lunch, we again drove several series of circles to collect data when the temperature of the track was the highest, and then returned to the work of the engineers’ programs and used soft trains C3 and C4 in the evening. Nicholas worked perfectly all day, made no mistakes and provided valuable feedback.
This week we had the opportunity to test the car on the track, where we just chased. Participation in the tests of the three riders and the freedom of choice of tires allowed to evaluate the work of the FW42 in hot conditions. The racing team, with the support of our colleagues at the base in Grove, did a great job – she collected the car and the test items, and also monitored their condition. The high rate of work in Formula 1 at this stage of the season is a serious burden on our employees and their families, and their concentration and purposefulness are very important to us, we appreciate it. “
Nicholas Latifi: “Successful day, I got great pleasure. It was originally planned that I will take part in the pre-season tests in Barcelona, but for the first time I got behind the wheel of this car only today. Before the tests, I worked a lot on the simulator and knew what to expect from the car. When I finally managed to turn up the pace, I quickly gained the right speed. Everything went well, I’m glad to test the FW42 for the first time. ”
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