Williams tight-lipped on Lowe exit after FW42 delay

Having missed the first two days of testing Williams is scheduled to arrive at Barcelona early on Wednesday morning

Having missed the first two days of testing Williams is scheduled to arrive at Barcelona early on Wednesday morning

Leading teams Ferrari and Mercedes have already logged more than 300 laps each, although two of Williams's likely midfield targets Haas and Racing Point have had flawed starts to testing with 137 and 109 laps completed respectively.

George Russell finally took the vehicle to the track on Wednesday afternoon, after it had only arrived at the Circuit de Catalunya earlier that morning.

"Clearly we're doing everything we can to condense the programme that we had, to make sure that we maximised the time available and we really focused our efforts and attention on the most important and critical areas to make sure the vehicle is in the best shape possible for Australia". "We're clearly aware of some of the issues, but it's too early in the day to discuss any of the detail, and it's probably something we wouldn't do anyway".

"It became apparent quite late on that we weren't going to firstly make the shakedown and then subsequent to that, not make the first day", she admitted. We need to analyse what went wrong and then resolve it so it doesn't happen again.

Williams, which finished a distant last in the 2018 Constructors' Championship, endured delays in readying its FW42. Particularly a team like ours that has managed to deliver a race vehicle to testing for the past 40-odd years.

Last year, difficulties with the auto and team had forced Williams into "crisis management".

"So we can only apologise".

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World champion Lewis Hamilton, who was 12th fastest for Mercedes, said Ferrari were "very strong", adding: "It appears they have a better package than a year ago, which means it will be a bigger challenge for us".

Lawrence Barretto [Senior Writer, F1.com] says...

... Williams sat out two and a half days of action in Barcelona due to a failure to get the FW42 built in time. It is not the fault of those at the coalface that there were delays - and the fact a vehicle was put together is testament to their commitment.

With the vehicle not due to arrive here in Barcelona until the early hours of Wednesday morning, Williams staff were working through the night just to ensure that it could be ready for the afternoon session.

The team cancelled a planned media session with technical chief, shareholder and board member Paddy Lowe that was slated for Wednesday evening.

Former F1 driver Marc Surer told Speed Week: "If the new vehicle is again bad, I honestly do not know what will become of Paddy Lowe".

It'll be interesting to see how the situation unfolds, but for now, it's all about keeping the vehicle out on track to gather valuable data and give them some hope when the season starts next month.

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