Williams' auto not ready for first day of testing

Williams' auto not ready for first day of testing

Williams revealed last week that it had cancelled a planned shakedown due to time constraints and on Sunday morning announced that its new vehicle will not be ready in time for Monday's opening test day.

Formula One teams always operate to tight margins in designing and building cars, seeking to maximise development time, and this year has seen significant new aerodynamic regulations come into play.

"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", said Williams in a release on Monday. Initially the team had planned to complete a shakedown with the new FW42 this weekend by using one of its two filming days for the year, but last week admitted it would not be ready in time.

Then on Monday, they revealed that Wednesday - day three of just eight permitted days of pre-season testing - would be the earliest that their 2019 vehicle would hit the track. However, missing two days of the pre-season means Williams has sacrificed 25 percent of its test time ahead of the first race of the season next month in Australia.

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Although several teams were reportedly pushed for time to get their 2019 cars ready for the start of testing, only Williams failed to make it out on Monday morning, potentially costing Robert Kubica time as he prepares for his first F1 campaign since 2010. "We will be getting the FW42 on track as soon as we are able to".

"Unfortunately, we have had to delay the start of our pre-season Barcelona test to Tuesday morning", she said.

For Robert Kubica, returning to Formula 1 after almost a decade's absence was the easy part.Staying there beyond 2019 will be a tougher challenge."Returning to Formula 1 will not be".

"We will obviously have our work cut out to recover the time lost but we still have seven days of testing left and we will be maximising that time to prepare the vehicle for the first race", said Williams.

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