As Williams struggle to overcome their poor start to the year, the Bahrain in-season test has proven "valuable" to the outfit according to Senior Race Engineer Dave Robson.
2019 has started out as pretty much the worst season in the long and illustrious history of this once great team, and despite the obvious driving talents of both Robert Kubica and young British hopeful George Russell, Williams have still not been fast enough to lift the squad even remotely close to the tail end of the grid - something that the team back at Grove remain hard at work looking to rectify ahead of the next Grand Prix.
With the opportunity to remain in Bahrain for a two day test session following the Bahrain Grand Prix, Williams amassed an impressive number of laps in the hands of both race drivers and young reserve Nicolas Latifi - something that the team have stated has been of great importance as they look to pull out of the current slump in which they have found themselves.
“This week has been a valuable opportunity to test the FW42 at a circuit we have just raced at." said the long time Williams engineer. "The opportunity to run all three of our official drivers, as well as a free choice from the Pirelli compound range has enabled us, for the first time, to explore a wide range of the FW42’s operating window in warm conditions.”
“The race team, ably supported by their colleagues back in Grove, have done a superb job of building and maintaining both the car, and the test components. The fast-paced nature of Formula One places great demands on them and their families at this time of the year; their dedication to the job is crucial and much appreciated" added Robson.For his own part, Latifi had a very solid time behind the wheel of an FW42 that Robert Kubica described recently as "undrivable". The Canadian Formula Two driver provided an accomplished performance for the team during his running on Wednesday, keeping the car firmly on the tarmac and proving the team with solid feedback as to where improvements can be found for the rest of the season.
With two races gone, Williams remain last in the constructors championship with a best finish of 15th for Russell last time out.
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