ROKiT Williams team members give their views
By Andrew Hooper
March 21 2019
|ROKiT Williams team members give their views|
The recent 2019 Australian Grand Prix would see both ROKiT Williams drivers complete the race but their performances were such that both would finish over two laps behind the leader. The weekend was one of further struggles for the Williams team as they come to grips with the lack of pace from their 2019 challenger the FW42.
For various members of the team they would come away from the race with somewhat differing viewpoints of the race and the results achieved. Both drivers Robert Kubica and George Russell would have their own opinions on the race. Deputy Team Principal Claire Williams and Senior Race Engineer Dave Robson also offered their views of the race.
For Robert Kubica his race was marred by losing his front wing after having made contact with Gasly. This would see him pit and lost a huge amount of time as a result. Robert was able to finish the race but would finish of the cars running in last.
Going into the race Robert was the focus of much discussion regarding his return to Formula One after a lengthy break and also coming back having recovered from his injuries to his right arm. Some doubted his ability to come back with all these considerations coming into play.
But Robert when asked about this
said that he had no regrets about his return even under the circumstances of
been in a very uncompetitive car when no doubt he expect better from the
FW42. He felt that the fact that he was back in F1 outweighed any other
But for George there was no
concerns of his ability to perform as he has come of a season that saw him
win the 2018 Formula 2 championship. His only issues were those that come
from been a rookie. George was able to finish ahead of his team-mate in the
majority of practice sessions as well as qualifying. But he still had to
deal with the lack of pace that his team-mate also had to contend with.
The final team member to comment of the Australian race was Senior Race Engineer Dave Robson. Having been forced to take up the role that Paddy Lowe would have filled but was on a leave of absence Dave would make it very clear that it was a great result to get both drivers to finish the race and for the team to manage the race for both drivers. Even so he still acknowledges that there is a massive amount of work for the team to do in order to move into the midfield battle.
Dave said: “It was a tough day
as you would expect but it was an achievement to bring two cars home. Robert
had an unfortunate first lap, but once we got him back out with a new front
wing he was able to settle down and he drove a good race on his comeback.
Overall even with all the negatives that the team had to contend with both prior to, during, and after the race inside the team there is still a feeling that for the Williams team and their drivers the race had not been a complete waste of time far from it. It was the first step in what unfortunately is going to be a difficult recovery. The length of this recovery is still the concern that the Williams team has to contend with.