Published: Wed, February 20, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Williams to miss another day of testing, hopes for Wednesday debut

Williams to miss another day of testing, hopes for Wednesday debut

Williams finished bottom of the constructors' championship previous year after one of the team's most miserable seasons in its long and storied F1 career.

Originally the team planned to complete a 100km shakedown in Spain on Saturday, but had to cancel its track time due to delays in the vehicle build.

The Grove outfit missed Day One because they "needed more time" to prepare their new auto, but claimed they would be emerging on track the following morning. The team later admitted it would not be ready in time for the start of pre-season testing.

RaceFans understands from a source at the team that its new chassis has not arrived at the Circuit de Catalunya, scene of this week's four-day test.

Claire Williams, deputy team principal, described the lost day of testing as "unfortunate" but said that the team expected to be out on track on Tuesday.

Williams has announced that its 2019 FW42 likely won't be able to run in pre-season testing until Wednesday morning in Barcelona! It's clarely not ideal, but equally it's not the end of the world.

Williams scored just seven points from 21 races past year, despite having the same engine as champions Mercedes in the back of the vehicle.

"We will obviously have our work cut out to recover the time lost but we still have seven days of testing left and we will be maximising that time to prepare the auto for the first race", said Williams.

George Russel and Latifi will split Tuesday, Latifi and Robert Kubica will split Wednesday and Kubica and Russell will drive again on the final day of the first test on Thursday.

Earlier in the week, Williams held a livery launch event in which it revealed a brand new title sponsor, telecommunications company RoKiT.

Williams said on Sunday that they would be sitting out Monday's session.

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