Williams' delayed FW42 finally makes it to testing

Williams' delayed FW42 finally makes it to testing

Claire Williams was asked if the position of Technical Director Paddy Lowe - who did not speak to the media as planned on Wednesday - was in doubt, to which she replied: "I've read a lot of speculation about his position".

Asked by RaceFans when the team realised the new auto wasn't going to be ready on time, Williams said: "It became apparent quite late on actually that we weren't going to firstly make the shakedown, and then subsequent to that not to make the first day. Clearly, we're not just disappointed, but it's embarrassing, not bringing a race vehicle to the circuit when everyone else has managed to do that, particularly for a team like ours that has managed to bring a auto to testing for the last 40-odd years". But the team's recent past has not been so successful: It finished at the bottom of the championship previous year, its worst-ever finish, and lost the title sponsorship of Martini and the financial support of new Racing Point owner Lawrence Stroll.

Deputy team principal Claire Williams said: "It's not a situation that we anticipated, or that we ever wanted to find ourselves in". Particularly a team like ours that has managed to deliver a race auto to testing for the past 40-odd years. She said she has no concerns about the mood of the team going into the new season. "They have been very understanding and very supportive".

The FW42 arrived in Barcelona early on Wednesday morning and it was sacked up during the first four-hour session, but was not yet ready to join the action. "Right now all I am focussed on and the team should be focussed on is making sure the auto is in the right place".

"We thought we could get everything that we need to do together in order to make Tuesday".

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Hamilton, who has been with Mercedes for six years, added: "This is going to be the most challenging year of our partnership and probably the team's time for as long as I have been with it". We can now spend a little bit of time looking at what went wrong. "We got to auto build and that process clearly isn't right at Williams either", she said. Airing dirty laundry, as she put it, is not their style.

Rookie driver George Russell, though, said he was "confident" Williams' predictions of running on Wednesday are accurate.

"Clearly we're doing everything we can to condense the programme that we had, to make sure that we maximised the time available and we really focused our efforts and attention on the most important and critical areas to make sure the vehicle is in the best shape possible for Australia".

Williams then missed the entire first two days of the test as the new vehicle remained at its Grove factory in the United Kingdom, where it was still being assembled until Tuesday. Five days. Once a giant of Formula One, with 16 world...

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