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ROKiT Williams Abu Dhabi Test 03:12:2019 Day One

By Williams Racing
December 4 2019

The ROKiT Williams team would complete the first day of their post-seaspon testing at the Yas Marina Circuit. The driving duties would be split between George Russelll in the morning and newcomer Roy Nissany in the afternoon. The main focus of the day was tyre evaluations of Pirelli's new 2020 tyre as well as conducting aero assessments. Both  drivers would be able to get through the teams programme without any issues.

 Abu Dhabi Test 03:12:2019 Day One

Drivers: George Russell, Roy Nissany
Chassis / Engine: FW42-01 / Mercedes-AMG F1 M10 EQ Power+
Location: Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi
Weather: Warm and dry  

Dave Robson, Senior Race Engineer: George was back in the car this morning, fresh from a strong performance during the race on Sunday. We took the opportunity to explore the 2020 tyre offering from Pirelli and completed a series of comparison runs on several of the proposed 2020 compounds, using the 2019 tyres as the baseline. We were able to evaluate the performance in both short and long runs as we worked to maximise the potential of the new tyres. George enjoyed a clean morning with no track disruptions and was able to get a good understanding of how the 2020 tyres will perform at higher track temperatures. Once George had completed his tyre programme, we prepared the car for Roy Nissany who made his debut in the FW42 this afternoon. The main objectives with Roy were to get him comfortable in the car and to give him his first experience of the FW42 whilst gathering his thoughts on the 2020 tyres. We completed all these objectives without issue and Roy did an excellent job on his first day with the Team. Roy will continue in the car tomorrow morning and will complete the aero rake running that is permitted during the first hour of each day. After that he will complete some clean car running before handing the car over to Nicholas, who will spend the rest of the day completing our tyre testing programme and generally preparing himself for his debut Formula One race in Melbourne in little over 3 months’ time.

George Russell: It was a productive day in the car. We ran five sets of 2020 tyres and gathered some useful information, which will benefit us next season. I am looking forward to Australia and going racing again.

Roy Nissany: Firstly, I feel great. You know that feeling that you like your job and you know what you are doing. It took me four laps to get comfortable in the car, and from there on it was just building up my pace and confidence. We were improving and making our best laps until the end, and we made a few changes according to my wishes. I now feel confident in the car, with a lot of potential in our pocket so that tomorrow morning will be exactly what we need for the last improvements in 2019.

The FW42 returns to the track tomorrow in Abu Dhabi with Roy Nissany and Nicholas Latifi in the car.

Pos. Driver 	  Team Best 		Time 		Total Laps 
1. V. Bottas 	  Mercedes 		1:37.124 	138 
2. S. Vettel 	  Ferrari		1:37.991 	136 
3. D. Kvyat 	  Toro Rosso		1:38.183 	72 
4. S. Perez 	  Racing Point F1 Team 	1:38.434 	120 
5. R. Grosjean 	  Haas F1 Team 		1:39.526 	146 
6. L. Norris 	  McLaren F1 Team 	1:39.742 	125 
7. M Verstappen   Red Bull Racing 	1:39.926 	153 
8. E. Ocon 	  Renault F1 Team 	1:39.962 	77 
9. G. Russell 	  ROKiT Williams Racing 1:40.368 	87 
10. K. Raikkonen  Alfa Romeo Racing 	1:40.903 	93 
11. S. Gelael 	  Toro Rosso		1:41.640 	67
12. R. Nissany 	  ROKiT Williams Racing 1:44.760 	41 

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ROKiT Williams Abu Dhabi Test 03:12:2019 Day One
Discussion started by Williams F1 , 04/12/2019 07:37
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04/12/2019 07:37
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04/12/2019 13:36
Thanks for posting...… Was wondering what was going on at the tests...

be the last time probably we see the name Toro Rosso I guess

04/12/2019 13:38
any updates from today runnings?

04/12/2019 14:11
George Russell was fastest of all. For Mercedes...

04/12/2019 15:02
that's nice

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