Williams F1
Russian GP: Double DNF for ROKiT Williams
By Andrew Hooper
September 30 2019

For the first time in 2019 the ROKiT Williams team would see a double DNF in the 2019 Russian GP. George Russell would retire after crashing after a failure on his car that saw the front left wheel lockup ending up seeing him crashing into the barrier. For Robert Kubica his retirement from the race would be the centre of much comment as the team would retire his car on the basis of what was found out later to be a desire to conserve parts on his car. There was discuission after the race as to whether this meant parts relating to the chassis or the engine. Regardless of the circumstances it was a difficult race for the team as they continue with their frustrating 2019 season.
  ROKiT Williams Racing Russian GP Race Review

Race Notes
• George Russell and Robert Kubica did not finish the Russian Grand Prix • The Brit started 17th and Robert 18th on the grid, both on the medium Pirelli tyre
• George’s race ended after locking-up and hitting the barrier, whilst Robert’s retirement was a team decision to conserve parts ahead of the upcoming races


Robert Kubica:
"This weekend has been very disappointing. You always have to try your best with what you have, and this is what I was trying to do. After George’s DNF, the team decided to stop my car, to take care of the parts that we have on the car. We are not in an easy situation and Japan is around the corner."


George Russell:
"It was a disappointing Russian Grand Prix. The car was feeling good, and then all of sudden after the pitstop there was an issue and the next thing I knew, I was in the barrier. It was a shame for the race to end like that as we were showing some strong pace."

George Robson

Dave Robson, Senior Race Engineer:
"Today was tough and deeply frustrating for the whole team. We took the opportunity behind the early safety car to pit Robert twice aiming to complete his race using only Option tyres. Meanwhile we were able to leave George out and run long until a Virtual Safety Car provided an opportunity for a cheap pit stop on to the Qualifying tyre. Unfortunately, an issue shortly after the subsequent restart caused George to lock a front wheel, damaging the car further. We opted to retire Robert soon afterwards in order to conserve parts ahead of the intense flyaway races which end the season. It’s a very disappointing way to end two weeks on the road."




Track: Sochi Autodrom, Russia
Lap Length: 5.848 km / 3.633 miles

Weather: Hot and dry
Air: 21-24°C Track: 32-36°C




Time (Fastest Lap)



L Hamilton Mercedes 1:33:38.992 (1:35.761)


2 V Bottas Mercedes + 3.829 (1:36.316) 4
3 C Leclerc Ferrari + 5.212 (1:36.193) 1
DNF G RUSSELL ROKiT Williams Martini - 17
DNF R KUBICA ROKiT Williams Martini - 18