Brazilian GP: ROKiT Williams Qualifying as expected

By Williams Racing
November 17 2019

Qualifying for the 2019 Brazilian GP would produce a result that was very much as expected for the ROKiT Williams Team. Their drivers would be slowest with George Russell again finishing ahead of team-mate Robert Kubica. Both drivers would suffer from the usual issues with tyres but despite this both George and Robert would be pleased with their efforts given the lack of pace from their cars. Unfortunately Sunday's race is not going to see the conditions such that they will be able to race the drivers in front so it is going to be a long afternoon.

 ROKiT Williams Racing Brazilian GP Qualifying Review

Qualifying Notes:
ē George Russell qualified 18th and Robert Kubica 19th for the Brazilian Grand Prix
ē The driverís best times were, 1:10.126 for George, and 1:10.614 for Robert


Robert Kubica:
"Today was a good day and the car felt fine, even after the disappointment of missing all of Friday. The track is challenging, nice to drive, although we did struggle with grip. We will try our best tomorrow, but, being realistic, it will be difficult. Spirits remain high with the boys, and with the team, so letís hope for some chances in the race."


George Russell:
"Qualifying was as we expected. The car felt pretty decent and it was good fun driving around this circuit. We are where we are, and we tried to make the most of it. Itís always tricky when the track is improving so much with every lap. I was pretty pleased with my effort, however, there was a bit more time on the table."

George Robson

Dave Robson, Senior Race Engineer:
"The team worked incredibly hard last night to build a replacement chassis for Robert following his crash yesterday. The warmer conditions helped the tyre performance today and we had clearly made some progress with the car since FP2. We continued the work in FP3 as we refined the set-up for qualifying. The track was still a little cooler than we were hoping for this afternoon and so tyre preparation remained tricky. Nonetheless, both drivers did well and made the most of their opportunity in qualifying, but the car simply didnít have the pace to challenge Racing Point and Toro Rosso. Whilst conditions are expected to be a little different again tomorrow, this is unlikely to be enough to allow us to race the cars ahead on the grid."


Track: Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, Brazil
Lap Length: 4.309 km / 2.677 miles

Weather: Moderate and dry
Air: 20-21įC Track: 30-36įC






1 M Verstappen Red Bull 1:08.242  1:07.503 1:07.508
2 S Vettel Ferrari 1:08.556  1:08.050 1:07.631
3 L Hamilton Mercedes 1:08.614  1:08.088 1:07.699
18 G Russell ROKiT Williams Racing 1:10.126 - -
19 R Kubica ROKiT Williams Racing 1:10.614 - -

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