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Mixed news for ROKiT Williams

By Andrew Hooper
October 5 2019

 Mixed news for ROKiT Williams
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For the ROKiT Williams Team the period covering the Singapore and Russian Grand Prix was one of very much mixed news for the team with two crashes in the Singapore and Russian races for George Russell, the withdrawal of Robert Kubica in Russia followed by a please explain from team sponsor Orlen as to what were the circumstances of his withdrawal followed by news regarding the teams continued work in the development of parts in preparations for the 2020 season as well as comments from George expressing his confidence as to the fact that he believes that the team will have the 2020 FW43 ready on time. A total mix of news for the Williams team.

Singapore would see George Russell been involved in a crash in which Grosjean would make an attempt to pass George with the end result being a badly damaged Williams after it had been turned into the barrier. Regardless of where fault lay for the accident the issue, which would have flow on effects in Russia, was the damage to the car would start to place demands on the teams supply of spare parts.

But come Russia the Williams Team would have to cope with a further crash where George would him his car suffer a front left lock-up and would leave the track at speed and go front first into the barrier damaging essentially the same part of the car that was damaged in Singapore. It was later revealed by the team that the issue behind George's crash was a wheel-retention issue. George had crashed shortly after making a pitstop.

Williams senior race engineer Dave Robson would comment by saying: "We found an issue with the wheel nut retainer on George's car, which led to the front-right wheel not sitting perfectly. This caused a lock-up under braking.

"The design is very mature and well-proven. The remaining inventory will be inspected thoroughly, and we do not anticipate a repeat of the issue."

But the crash from George would see the team pit his team-mate Robert retiring his car in the pits. In post race interviews the team and Robert would comment on the fact that the team had a concern regarding the need to conserve parts that led to the retirement of Robert's car.

But in what was a somewhat surprising move by team sponsor Orlen they would publicly announce via Social media their expectation that the team would supply a more detailed explanation as to why Robert was retired. Depending upon the explanation from the Williams Team would determine whether or not they would take any further action.

Orlen’s press officer, Joanna Zakrzewska said via Twitter: “On connection with the withdrawal of Robert Kubica from Sunday’s Russian Grand Prix, we have officially asked the ROKiT Williams Racing team for clarification. Based on them, we will take actions related to the enforcement of contractual obligations.”

The Williams team would reply to this request and would stress the fact that with the two crashes for George in Singapore and Russia they had concerns about having enough spares for the next race in Japan.

Robson would add: "Unfortunately, we were forced to retire Robert's car due to the amount of accident damage we have sustained in the Singapore-Russia back-to-back races in order to protect ourselves going into the next events. The team has worked extremely hard to ensure race quantities have improved ahead of Japan and the final races."

At the time of writing there had been no public announcement as to whether they are satisfied with the Williams teams response.

But in what was a piece of more positive comment was the comment from George with him saying that he is confident that the team won’t suffer a repeat of the any delay of the arrival of the FW43.

George would comment: “I am 100 percent sure we won’t have the same mistakes again next year as we’ve had this year. I can bet my house that we will have a car for day one of winter testing next year.” He would later go on to clarify that he does not own his own home.

He added: “I don’t actually have a house but I’d bet my parents’ house on it!”

“I’m sure and I’m very confident we will be more competitive next year. We’re on a very good trajectory at the moment. Obviously it’s always easier to improve when you’re starting off at a lower level. But the signs are good at the moment that we’re on a good way.”

George would add: “This year has given us a really good opportunity to explore a bit more with set-up: [try] some more extreme set-up items, how we prepare the tyres, this, that and the other.

“If you are fighting in the midfield, you’d probably be reluctant to try something drastic because each weekend could be a possibility for that. Whereas for us we know regardless where we’ll be and that gives us an opportunity to gain the learning on the set things like that and build or create the best car mechanically from what’s there.”

In another piece of further positive news coming from the Williams team was the announcement that they would be bringing a new front wing to the Japanese Grand prix

In a recent interview with Robson would comment on this by saying: "Hopefully there will be a test front wing that should look a little bit different.

"If we get it there, and we run it on the Friday, you'll soon spot that. It's kind of an experiment.

"It's hard to know [what the best concept is], that's part of the experiment; it's interesting even now, when you look at the pitlane as the cars come out and there's a couple of different distinct schools of thought in the front wing design.

"Even almost a year on, it's not like everyone's snapped to the same design, so there's a few different ideas and concepts out there.

"It's an experiment for us and we'll see how it goes; hopefully it'll correlate well with what we expect and use that as the basis going into next year.

"You're still getting around doing the best job we can with the new rules to try and control the front tyre wake as it passes further down the back of the car.

"Everyone's doing the same thing but in different ways, and that's about getting that dirty air out of the way. It's just another slightly different way of doing that."

Robson was also asked whether or not the team would continue to use this new front wing for the rest of the season if it delivers the results expected.

"It might do, but we're not assuming that at the moment, it's very much part of the R&D for next year at this stage," he said. "But we'll see how it performs."

So far in 2019, William's developments for its front wing have been minimal, as it has retained the machete-shaped wing elements throughout the year.

But the team has updated its endplate, opting for a smaller, more rectangular cut out in the upper trailing edge corner to assist with the direction of out washing air."

As for whether the team had any further updates for the final races of the season Robson added: "There's a few more bits and pieces.

"Some things that might stay on the car for the rest of the season if they're better, other things that are just more R&D-type work and finalising the aero plans for next year - and checking correlation back to the tunnel again."


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# 33 Max Crashstappen
05/10/2019 13:27
George would comment: “I am 100 percent sure we won’t have the same mistakes again next year as we’ve had this year. I can bet my house that we will have a car for day one of winter testing next year.” He would later go on to clarify that he does not own his own home.

Haha thats funny George....(Sm6)

Max Verstappen and his meddling father.

06/10/2019 09:55
What did you want him to say, he would bet on "Clare's House" ?

This kid isn't doing himself any favors with silly comments like that.

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