Former Grand Prix driver Mark Webber has hit out at Williams and its driver line-up. The Grove-based squad faced a wall of criticism following the announcement of its 2018 driver line-up over the winter, as it placed Sergey Sirotkin beside Lance Stroll.
The line-up is the least experienced on the F1 grid this year, with Robert Kubica holding the role of test and development driver. Webber, who raced for Williams in the 2005 and 2006 F1 seasons, has lashed out at his former team claiming it needs the right mix of drivers.
"Not happy," he replied when asked how he feels about the pairing "There's not a person out there that doesn't want to see Williams do well, and to do that they need a marriage between experience and the future. You need chemistry between the drivers. F1 isn't a finishing school, it needs drivers who can deliver from the off."
Williams struggled somewhat during pre-season testing, and didn't have much to celebrate after Saturday in Melbourne. Stroll qualified in P14, while Sirotkin dropped out in Q1. Stroll says that the result is not ideal, but he is still eyeing points on Sunday.
"We would have signed up for P14 coming into the weekend after Barcelona," the 19-year-old said. "It was not ideal, as we could have improved on the lap in our second run in Q2. However, I got held up a little bit in the last sector and I didn't have the tyres in the window, as the fronts were cold and that kind of cost me.
"I felt good in the car and there was probably a little bit more in it. We are kind of in the mix for the points, depending on what happens. We will see where we end up tomorrow," he concluded.
Bahrain International Circuit - Winter testing