United States GP: Tough qualifying for ROKiT Williams

By Williams Racing
November 3 2019

Even though the ROKiT Williams team worked hard on maximising their qualifying the results would see George Russell and Robert Kubica finish in 18th and 20th positions. It came down to a circuit which the team knew would not suit their car but at least oth drivers would come away happy with their laps. Hopefully the team is expecting a more competitive performance in Sunday's race aiming to take the fight to the likes of Haas and Alfa Romeo.

 ROKiT Williams Racing United States GP Qualifying Review

Qualifying Notes:
George Russell qualified 18th and Robert Kubica 20th for the United States Grand Prix
George set his best time, a 1:35.372, and Robert a 1:35.889 to finish P18 and P20


Robert Kubica:
"The track is really nice to drive and probably the best of the modern circuits. FP3 and my last quali run were good for me, but the gap to George is big. We made a few changes ahead of qualifying to help our race pace, so hopefully that will pay off tomorrow. Overall, it has been ok."


George Russell:
"Im really enjoying driving the circuit and the conditions are warmer than yesterday. As the team predicted, we are further away than normal, and this track doesnt suit our car at the moment. There was slightly more time on the table and getting the tyres in the optimum window on an evolving circuit is challenging, nevertheless it was a good lap. Ill go out there tomorrow, have fun and gather more information for next year."

George Robson

Dave Robson, Senior Race Engineer:
"As we anticipated yesterday, the weather conditions were quite different today, helped by the relatively late sessions. The work we completed overnight was beneficial and both drivers were immediately happier with the car in FP3.

With conditions expected to be stable from FP3 to qualifying, we made minor alterations and gave each driver a Q1 programme which maximised their track time. This gave each the best opportunity to prepare their tyres and to push the car to the limit.

The team worked very well together to execute an excellent Q1 session and both drivers did a good job, making the most of their opportunity on this fantastic COTA track. We knew where the car would be today but, nonetheless, we worked very hard to maximise what we had. Based on high fuel running yesterday, we expect to be more competitive tomorrow and, like last weekend in Mexico, we will go into the race hoping to fight with both Haas and Alfa Romeo."


Track: Circuit of the Americas, USA
Lap Length: 5.513 km / 3.425 miles

Weather: Moderate and dry
Air: 20-21C Track: 25-27C






1 C Leclerc Mercedes 1:33.750 1:33.160 1:32.029
2 S Vettel Ferrari 1:33.766 1:32.782 1:32.041
3 M Verstappen Red Bull 1:33.549 1:33.120 1:32.096
18 G Russell ROKiT Williams Racing 1:35.372 - -
20 R Kubica ROKiT Williams Racing 1:35.889 - -

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United States GP: Tough qualifying for ROKiT Williams
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Date: 03/11/2019 03:09

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