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ROKiT Williams Barcelona Test 26:02:2020 Day One

By Williams Racing
February 27 2020

The ROKiT Williasm team would complete their first day of testing in week two of the pre-season testing. Both George Russell and Nicholas Latifi would share the driving but it was a day that again oiuld see the team affected by an engine issue that would limit their track time. Despite this the team would come away pleased that they were still able to complete useful work as they continue to understand the FW43. 

 ROKiT Williams Barcelona Test 26:02:2020 Day One

Drivers: Nicholas Latifi, George Russell
Chassis / Engine: FW43-01 / Mercedes-AMG F1 M11 EQ Performance
Location: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, 4.655 km
Weather: Moderate and dry 

Dave Robson, Senior Race Engineer: The Team has spent the last few days going over the data that we collected last week, and this has allowed us to begin finalising parts of the aero specification of the car. Today we collected more rake data early in the day, which enabled us to complete that basic aero definition of the car. With the track still in good condition, Nicholas was able to begin the performance tuning runs shortly before 10:30am as the race engineers began to explore the newly defined aero package. Unfortunately, the morning was cut short by a PU oil system issue, requiring us to fit another new PU ready for George’s running in the afternoon. Once George began his running the conditions were not as favourable as in the morning, and so we were able to spend some time understanding the behaviour of the car in the sort of conditions that we will face throughout the season. By the end of the afternoon we had made good progress and were able to spend the final 15 minutes completing pit stop practice. Although parts of the day were frustrating, we nonetheless completed some very useful work, which sets us up nicely for the final two days of winter testing. The fact that we managed over 100 laps, despite changing drivers and the PU, is testament to both the dedication and work ethic of our mechanics, but also the current nature of Formula One generally..

Nicholas Latifi: Definitely this year is a big step forward in terms of the feeling of the car on the track and in that way, we are going in the right direction. As for the overall feeling in terms of the on-track driving, I would say this morning was another good step forward. For sure I would have liked to have a bit more track time and laps banked heading into the first race, as our running was curtailed by an oil systems issue. Tomorrow I definitely want to maximise the track time as it is the final time I will get to drive the car before Melbourne.

George Russell: We tested a number of aero items today to get a greater idea of the spectrum of our car from top to bottom. Some of the changes we made were not as positive as others but definitely for our understanding overall, it was constructive. Come the end of the day, the car was more consistent and nicer to drive so we now need to look into the data to understand why that was the case. Ultimately, that is what testing is all about.

Pos. Driver 		Team 				   Best Time Total Laps 
1. R. Kubica 		Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN 	   1:16.942 	53 
2. M. Verstappen 	Aston Martin Red Bull Racing 	   1:17.347 	84 
3. S. Perez 		BWT Racing Point F1 Team 	   1:17.428 	84 
4. D. Kvyat 		Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda 	   1:17.456 	61 
5. P. Gasly 		Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda 	   1:17.540 	25 
6. A. Albon 		Aston Martin Red Bull Racing 	   1:17.550 	29 
7. L. Hamilton 		Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team 	   1:17.562 	89 
8. L. Stroll 		BWT Racing Point Formula One Team  1:17.787 	43 
9. V. Bottas 		Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team 	   1:18.100 	90 
10. S. Vettel 		Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow    1:18.113 	84 
11. D. Ricciardo 	Renault F1 Team 		   1:18.214 	53 
12. C. Sainz 		McLaren F1 Team 		   1:18.221 	46
13. C. Leclerc 		Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow    1:18.244 	80 
14. N. Latifi 		ROKiT Williams Racing 		   1:18.300 	48 
15. G. Russell 		ROKiT Williams Racing 	 	   1:18.535 	59 
16. R. Grosjean 	Haas F1 Team 			   1:18.670 	107 
17. L. Norris 		McLaren F1 Team 		   1:18.826 	57 
18. K. Raikkonen 	Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN 	   1:19.515 	51 
19. E. Ocon 		Renault F1 Team 		   1:21.542 	74

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