Williams not ready for first day of testing

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ROKiT Williams Racing have confirmed they will not be able to run their car at the start of winter testing, tomorrow 18 February. Instead, the schedule is to be ready for tuesday.

Claire Williams, Deputy Team Principal, ROKiT Williams Racing: “Unfortunately, we have had to delay the start of our pre-season Barcelona test to Tuesday morning. We have had an incredibly busy winter at Grove getting the FW42 prepared for the season ahead and, despite everyone’s best efforts, we need some more time before it will be ready to run.

“Our absolute priority is to always ensure we bring a car to the track that is the best that it can be and sometimes that takes longer than you’d anticipate or like. It’s clearly not ideal, but equally it’s not the end of the world.

“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 car for the first race.”

Williams already noted their had cancelled their planned filming day at Barcelona on 16 February due to running behind schedule, but starting Tuesday now means they will miss one of 8 pre-season days of testing.