Brazilian GP: Mixed up race for ROKiT Williams

By Williams Racing
November 18 2019

The 2019 Brazilian GP would turn out to be a race dominated by two Safety Car periods that would allow the ROKiT Williams drivers the opportunity to take advantage of them. The results would see George Russell finish in 12th after having been able to under the Safety car close the gap to the cars in front and in the dying stages of the race fight with those cars around him. For Team-mate Robert Kubica his race was more of s struggle having had good pace early but would suffer a five second penalty for an unsafe release as well as struggling on the hard tyres. He would finish in 16th. Despite not really been in contention for points it was great to see the team work towards getting the best possible result.

  ROKiT Williams Racing Brazilian GP Race Review

Race Notes
• George Russell finished 12th and Robert Kubica 16th in the Brazilian Grand Prix
• The Brit started 18th and Robert 19th on the grid, both on the medium Pirelli tyre
• George ran a three-stop race, pitting first for the medium on lap 23 and then twice again for the soft's on laps 54 and 66
• Robert ran a four-stop race, pitting on laps 20, 36, 53 and 66 for the medium, hard and then for two sets of the soft Pirelli tyre
• Robert served a five second time penalty for an unsafe release at his first pitstop.


Robert Kubica:
"The first lap of the race was good, I was able to fight with some quicker cars in the first stint. Afterwards I lost the pace, especially with hard tyres. We had to protect the rear tyres, but, by saving these, we were unable to put any energy into the fronts, making them ice cold with no grip."


George Russell:
"It was definitely crazy in those last few laps and that gave us half an opportunity. I gave it my everything to take advantage of the situation and overtake a car here or there. It wasn’t meant to be though and that’s the maximum we could do. However, it was nice to be in the mix and fully fighting in the closing stages."

George Robson

Dave Robson, Senior Race Engineer:
"Once again, the Interlagos track produced a thrilling race, and while we weren’t in contention for points, it presented us with a great chance to practice our race operations. The team did a fantastic job around both safety cars and put our drivers in strong positions to race the cars around them.

The tyre compounds and track temperature today permitted multiple strategy options and while the safety cars meant that we didn’t get to see the baseline strategies play out fully, it did lead to an exciting race. We opted to start both cars on the medium compound before splitting tyre strategies once we saw the hard tyre behaving well on some of the early adopters. The safety cars then gave us opportunities to switch to fresher soft tyres towards the end. Unfortunately, the hard didn’t perform as well on our car and this, coupled with an aggressive pitstop release, compromised Robert’s race.

The strategy allowed us to beat a Haas on merit and we then benefited from others’ misfortune and penalties as we finished the race in P12 with George and P16 with Robert. After a long and challenging season, this was a thoroughly enjoyable race, which we managed well and gave ourselves the best chance of making up places. This is fair reward for the tremendous effort that everyone has put into a difficult season."




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

Weather: Warm and dry
Air: 20-23°C Track: 38-54°C




Time (Fastest Lap)



M Verstappen Red Bull 1:33:14.678 (1:10.862)


2 P Gasly Toro Rosso + 6.077 (1:12.425) 6
3 C Sainz McLaren + 8.896 (1:13.158) 20
12 G RUSSELL ROKiT Williams Martini + 13.599 (1:13.752) 18
16 R KUBICA ROKiT Williams Martini + 1 LAP (1:14.553) 19

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