Mexican GP: Qualifying again difficult for ROKiT Williams

By Williams Racing
October 27 2019

Qualifying for the 2019 Mexican GP would again be a difficult one for the ROKiT Williams Team. Their drivers would finish slowest with George Russell again ahead of team-mate Robert Kubica. Both drivers would complete three runs on the soft tyre. It was encouraging to see George finish only fractions behind the Haas of Grosjean. But for Robert his qualifying would be the exact opposite finishing a massive 1.0s behind his team-mate. Sunday's race is again going to be difficult.

 ROKiT Williams Racing Mexican GP Qualifying Review

Qualifying Notes:
George Russell qualified 19th and Robert Kubica 20th for the Mexican Grand Prix
George set his best time, a 1:18.823, and Robert a 1:20.179 to finish P19 and P20


Robert Kubica:
"It was a difficult qualifying session in Mexico. Unfortunately, I felt no grip in the car today and the laptime reflected that. We will have to see what we can do tomorrow in the race."


George Russell:
"It was really tricky out there for everybody, but I was pleased with the lap. There was still a bit more in there, but we are definitely going in the right direction. I think our long run pace is better than our single lap pace, especially versus the Haas cars and the Alfa Romeos, so we will have to see what we can do tomorrow."

George Robson

Dave Robson, Senior Race Engineer:
"As forecast, the track was damp and cold for FP3 and there was little opportunity to learn anything useful ahead of qualifying. Therefore, we opted to check our race setup and so both cars completed longer runs.

Qualifying was warmer and again the tyre behaviour changed. We took the opportunity to complete three runs with each driver as we looked for the best way to prepare the tyres for a lap. The team did an excellent job to give both drivers good opportunities to prepare their tyres and complete clean laps. George did a good job, finding time with each run to finish frustratingly close to Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean. Robert struggled a little more and made a mistake on his second run, which lost him some momentum.

Tomorrow will be a difficult day for the field, with PU, brake and tyre management all potentially tricky. On Friday we were more competitive on high fuel than we were on low fuel and so we will look to race the cars ahead, with the Haas and Alfa Romeos in particular being realistic opponents."


Track: Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico
Lap Length: 4.304 km / 2.674 miles

Weather: Warm and dry
Air: 20-22C Track: 33-39C






1 M. Verstappen Red Bull 1:15.949 1:16.136 1:14.758
2 C Leclerc Ferrari 1:16.364 1:16.219 1:15.024
3 S Vettel Ferrari 1:16.696 1:15.914 1:15.170
19 G Russell ROKiT Williams Racing 1:18.823 - -
20 R Kubica ROKiT Williams Racing 1:20.179 - -

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Mexican GP: Qualifying again difficult for ROKiT Williams
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Date: 27/10/2019 03:19

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