Williams to hold inquest into 'embarrassing' auto delay

Frustrated Kubica calls for focus as Williams plays catch-up	
				Images by Glenn Dunbar  LAT

Frustrated Kubica calls for focus as Williams plays catch-up Images by Glenn Dunbar LAT

Williams deputy team principal Claire Williams won't play the blame game and point the finger at any one individual responsible for the "embarrassing" delay in getting the team's FW42 up and running.

Daniil Kvyat topped the speed charts on day three of preseason testing in Barcelona for Toro Rosso as Williams finally got its 2019 entry out on-track for the first time.Alfa Romeo's Kimi. Claire Williams was asked if the position of Technical Director Paddy Lowe - who did not speak to the media as planned on Wednesday - was in doubt, to which she replied: "I've read a lot of speculation about his position".

The British team, who first raced in 1977, have won nine F1 constructors' titles and seven drivers' championships but endured their worst season in 2018, finishing last. This week, the vehicle, still missing some aerodynamic parts, arrived here in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

"We're clearly aware of some of the issues", she added. All the other teams finished their cars on time, and we did that as well for over 40 years.

"This is not a situation that we anticipated". Lowe's media duties for the entire Barcelona test have been cancelled. The team expect better and it's for that reason that Williams wanted to apologise.

Last year, difficulties with the vehicle and team had forced Williams into "crisis management". She said she has no concerns about the mood of the team going into the new season.

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There was a round of applause and a genuine sense of relief in the Williams garage when the FW42, with George Russell at the wheel, was pushed out of the garage, taken off the trolley and then fired up ready for its first ever lap. "We need to make sure that it is fit for objective going into 2020".

Mercedes's world champion warned his rivals may have the superior auto. "Ferrari are very, very strong right now, they are racking up great mileage as well", he said. "It appears that they have a better package than they had previous year".

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"We don't want to really go into the detail of how".

He was, however, bullish in his belief in own ability to defend his title. At a time when Williams expected to be fine-tuning their machine ahead of next month's opening grand prix in Melbourne, engineers have instead been kicking their heels at a hotel near the Circuit de Catalunya, with the vehicle still stuck at their Oxfordshire headquarters.

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