Deputy team principal Claire Williams says an inquest will be held into the “embarrassing” delay with its 2019 car, but the team’s first focus will be making up for lost time in pre-season testing.
The FW42 only arrived at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya early Wednesday after the team was forced to cancel track running during a filming day on Saturday and then the first two days of testing. Williams says there are obvious reasons for the delays that she will not make public, but the team is not prioritizing any investigation while the team has so much lost time.
“It became apparent quite late on actually that we weren’t going to firstly make the shakedown and then subsequent to that, not make the first day,” Williams said. “We thought we could get everything that we needed to together in order to make Tuesday, and then parts just weren’t coming through as we hoped they would, and in the time that we hoped that they would and had in the plan.
“And so it transpires that we didn’t make it until today. But I am not going to go into any detail as to why that happened. I don’t think that it’s appropriate to discuss the ins and outs of what went wrong. Completing that inquest anyway has not happened at Grove yet.
“We’re clearly aware of some of the issues, but it’s too early in the day to start discussing them in any detail and probably something that we wouldn’t do anyway. We need to resolve what went wrong or analyze what went wrong, and then to resolve it so that this doesn’t happen again at Williams.
Williams admitted the situation is “embarrassing,” and apologized to race drivers Robert Kubica and George Russell for not providing them with a car until nearly three quarters of the way through the first test.
“This is not a situation that we anticipated. It’s certainly not a situation that we ever wanted to find ourselves in. We’re not just disappointed. It’s embarrassing not bringing a race car to a circuit when everyone else has managed to do that, particularly a team like ours that has managed to bring a race car to testing for the past 40-odd years.
“So we can only apologize. I would apologize to our fans; I would apologize to all the people that have had the pressure really dialed up on them at Grove over the past few days to get everything ready, just to get us to this point today; and mostly to George and Robert, who were looking forward to a car on Monday so that they could prepare and have the most amount of time possible to prepare ahead of the season. But they have been fantastic in this, they have been very understanding and very supportive.”