Williams has cancelled its plans to run its 2019 car during a filming day on Saturday as it attempts to get the FW42 ready for the start of pre-season testing.
The team unveiled its new livery and title partner ROKiT on Monday, with the new car planned to run for the first time as part of a filming day on Saturday at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. However, with the car build still ongoing, deputy team principal Claire Williams has confirmed that shakedown will now not take place.
“As anyone would expect, we have had an extremely aggressive engineering program over the winter,” Williams said. “As such, we have taken the decision not to run our car during our filming day this weekend in order to allow the team to maximize the time at the factory before we head to Barcelona for the first day of the test on February 18.”
Williams is not alone in facing a race against time to be ready for the start of pre-season testing on Monday in Spain, with Renault managing director Cyril Abiteboul admitting it is “super-tight” for his team to have its 2019 car built in time. Renault was due to carry out a shakedown on the same day as Williams – at the same venue – but Abiteboul says that is now in jeopardy.
While those two teams have confirmed pressures with their respective car builds, Mercedes launched its 2019 car on Wednesday morning during a shakedown at Silverstone, with the track set to be shared with Red Bull for similar purposes.