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Spanish GP: ROKiT Williams Grand Prix Preview


By Williams Racing
May 8 2019

On a track that Formula One knows very well the ROKiT Willianms team returns to the Circuit de Catalunya for the 2019 Spanish GP. It is the first European event and it is one that will see the Williams team in a position to run various updates on the FW42, as they aim to start the process of turning the 2019 season around. These updates cover a number of areas ranging from aerodynamics to brakes. The team is hopeful that at the end of the weekend they can see progress forward after a very difficult opening to the season.

 
2019 Spanish GP Preview
 

With the first four races of the 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship in the book, we return to familiar ground this weekend as the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya plays host to the Spanish Grand Prix. The fifth round of the year kick starts the traditional European leg of the season and presents a track that is very familiar to both Robert and George, given its status as the venue of pre-season testing. After the race weekend, the second in-season test of 2019 is scheduled to take place with the teamís Official Reserve Driver, Nicholas Latifi, driving the FW42 on both days.

Dave Robson, Senior Race Engineer:
For the fifth round of the FIA Formula One World Championship we return to Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Conditions will be quite different to those we experienced during winter testing. Barcelona remains a popular event for testing new components and introducing upgrades. With our Friday running in Baku being heavily curtailed, we have a range of test items for consideration on Friday. However, as the race is immediately followed by a two-day test, we can concentrate on the short-term items on Friday before switching focus to the longer-term learning during the test.

Tyre compounds for the race event are taken from the stiff end of the Pirelli range and could prove challenging for everyone depending on the track conditions. Since returning from Baku, the team in Grove have done an excellent job to recover the damaged components whilst also ensuring that all the test items arrive in Barcelona on time.

 

Robert Kubica:
The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is a track that everybody knows very well, not only from Formula One testing, but also from previous categories. Since winter testing in Barcelona, a lot has changed, with the main difference being the weather and track conditions. I think everybody is looking forward to returning to Spain; it is the first typical European race and event where upgrades are brought. Letís see what we can achieve.

George Russell:
I am excited to go back to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya as I won there last year in Formula 2. We have got some exciting items to test in Barcelona that we hope will guide us in the right direction for the remainder of the season. We hope they will be positive steps, to try and turn our season around.

Race Data
Friday:
Practice 1: 11:00 - 12:30
Practice 2: 15:00 - 16:30
Saturday:
Practice 3: 12:00 - 13:00
Qualifying: 15:00 Ė 16:00
Sunday: Race: 15:10

 

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