Williams admits it is likely to miss out on any running on the second day of pre-season testing at Barcelona because its new car is still not ready.
The team has announced ongoing delays since cancelling on-track running during a scheduled filming day on Saturday due to the FW42 not being ready for its planned track debut. After Claire Williams announced it would miss out on Monday’s opening day of running, the deputy team principal has now confirmed that the car is unlikely to make it onto the track on Tuesday either.
“It is looking more likely than not that we will now not be in a position to run on track until Wednesday at the earliest,” Williams said. “This is obviously extremely disappointing, but it is unfortunately the situation we are in. We will be getting the FW42 on track as soon as we are able.”
RACER understands the car remains at the team’s factory in Grove and is unlikely to leave for Barcelona before Tuesday night, meaning Wednesday afternoon is the earliest realistic window for any track running. Since just eight days of testing are available to teams before the opening race of the season in Australia, Williams appears set to lose at least 25% of its testing time.
Chief technical officer Paddy Lowe remains in the UK while Williams attempts to get the car ready, while Claire Williams stays on site in Barcelona where the team only has a show car present (pictured above).
The team’s race drivers — Robert Kubica and George Russell — will miss less running than originally planned, as reserve driver Nicholas Latifi will step aside from duties having originally been set to carry out one day of running this week. Latifi is likely to receive track time later in the year to compensate from his lost testing appearances.