Lowe admits disappointment in testing so far for Williams

25-02-2019 15:00
by Bobby Vincent
F1 News
Lowe admits disappointment in testing so far for Williams

Williams chief technical officer Paddy Lowe has expressed his disappointment at his team's pre-season testing in Barcelona so far.

The bottom-placed team in 2018 started off the 2019 season in disastrous fashion. Williams missed out on two-and-a-half days of testing with its car not being ready to compete on the track.

Robert Kubica only managed to record a total of 48 laps in his morning run on Thursday and Lowe has admitted the team are disappointed with how it has gone so far for them.

"The start of our first proper pre-season test with the FW42. The final few parts had arrived overnight, so we started the day with a complete car," Lowe told Crash.net.

"The main focus of the programme has been data gathering around aerodynamics with only a very modest amount of performance running for the drivers just to get some initial feedback."

Lowe continued to say it wasn't ideal for their two new drivers George Russell and the before-mentioned Kubica due to the combination of issues with the FW42 and the red flags being displayed on track.

"Neither driver was able to get enough laps to really find the limits of the car," Lowe added. "The morning was a much better session for Robert in the sense of objectives achieved.

"Unfortunately, we had a small fault at the end of the morning session which took a long time to correct and so we were late for the afternoon and had a mixture of other small problems and red flags. This means we didn't achieve all our intent with George."

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