Williams F1
Russian GP: ROKiT Williams Grand Prix Preview
By Williams Racing
September 25 2019

Just one week after the Singapore race the ROKiT Williams Team moves to the Black Sea and the city of Sochi where the 2019 Russian GP will be run. For the Williams Team this weekend again is an opportunity to see an improvement as they try to end their season on a far better note. For team drivers Robert Kubica and George Russell it is a track where they are both hopeful of securuing a good performance. But again it is going to be a difficult task for the Williams team to secure a points scoring result but they continue to work towards this.
 
2019 Russian GP Preview
 

Sochi on the Black Sea Coast plays host to round 16 of the FIA Formula One World Championship, following quickly on the heels of a sweltering race around the streets of Singapore last weekend. Unofficially known as the ‘summer capital of Russia’ the city contains the 5.848 km Sochi Autodrom; effectively a street circuit that has evolved out of the internal roads of the park built for the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Dave Robson, Senior Race Engineer:
The Sochi track winds its way around the Olympic Park and starts with an interesting mix of straights and medium speed corners, before reaching Sector 3 where a series of low speed turns test the cars’ handling and braking before returning the drivers to the long main straight. Overtaking on the straight requires cars to follow closely throughout Sector 3 and then to have good traction exiting the last corner. As a result, overtaking is not as easy as it might first appear.

Tyre compounds are from the middle of the Pirelli range and are the same as those used in Monza. How they will behave will depend on the track temperature on the day but generally, once up to temperature, they should be reasonably robust and may not require much management.

 

Robert Kubica:
I have been to Russia as a Reserve Driver, so I know how it looks but I have never driven there. It is always a good experience to discover a new track, so hopefully it will be enjoyable and nice to drive.

George Russell:
I have good memories from Russia because that was when I found out I would be driving for Williams last year, and so I will always remember that. It is a unique circuit, and off the back of what was a relatively promising weekend in Singapore, I am looking forward to seeing if we can bring a similar amount of performance in Russia.

 
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 – 16:00
Sunday: Race: 14:10