The Williams Racing Team returns to Sochi for the 2020 Russian GP. This is a return to a more familar track which should assist the team in their push to continue their improvement in performamnce. Despite this track not been well suited to the FW43 the team has a range of ideas on which to improve the car. After the disappointment of the Tuscany GP bith George Russell and Nicholas Latifi are keen to continue to continue their season with their first points scoring result.
Round 10 of the FIA Formula One World
Championship plays host to Sochiís Russian Grand Prix. Located on the
iridescent Black Sea, Sochi is a popular beach destination and has been
a fixture on the Formula One calendar since 2014. The Sochi Autodrom
forms part of the legacy of the 2014 Winter Olympics, with the street
circuit layout emerging from the internal roads that led to the Olympic
Dave Robson, Head of Vehicle Performance:
After the excitement of a new and thrilling track in Tuscany, we now
return to more familiar ground and the very different challenge of the
Sochi Autodrom. We enjoyed a very good weekend in Mugello but were very
disappointed not to score any points. However, there were a lot of
positives to come out of the last race weekend and our job here in
Russia is to continue the good work, build on the momentum and
understand how to apply the experience to the streets of Sochi.
Traditionally we have found the tyres difficult to get working on the
smooth surface, however, this year Pirelli have brought their softest
compounds, and this may make things easier as well as opening up a
greater variety of strategies on Sunday.
In complete contrast to Mugello, there are no real high-speed corners in
Sochi, but instead a lot of low and medium speed 90-degree corners. The
FW43 is not especially well suited to this kind of corner, but we have a
few ideas to improve the car in this regard and so we will have a busy
Friday. The drivers and team have enjoyed a brief break from the races,
and we are now rested and ready to continue the fight as we look to
improve the car and move ourselves up the grid..
I am really excited to head to Sochi. It has been good to have this week
and a half off following the last triple header to analyse everything
and see where we can improve. Sochi is a track that I have done quite
well at in the past in Formula Two. I have always had strong races
there, so I will be looking to try and carry that form over. The track
itself gives you a street track vibe, which is unique as there are not
many circuits like it on the calendar. I am looking forward to the
Russian Grand Prix, and I hope we can have a good result there.
It was disappointing missing out on those points at Mugello, points that
I felt we thoroughly deserved. However, it has given me and the team
greater motivation to go out there and extract even more performance
from the car. Russia is a circuit that on paper wonít suit us as much as
Mugello, but we have learnt some things with the set-up in the recent
weeks that I hope will allow us to be more competitive with our nearest
rivals. I think everybody will have enjoyed a well-deserved week off
after an intense 11 weeks, and will be back ready and fighting in
Race Data Friday:
Practice 1: 11:00 - 12:30
Practice 2: 15:00 - 16:30 Saturday:
Practice 3: 12:00 - 13:00
Qualifying: 15:00 Ė 16:00 Sunday: Race: 14:10
Russian GP: Williams Racing Grand Prix Preview
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Date: 22/09/2020 11:03
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