Robert Kubica says that the Williams team built the FW42 five times faster than normal as it rushed to get it ready for on-track action in Barcelona.
Williams took to the track for the first time this week on Wednesday afternoon, missing out on the first two days of running. George Russell debuted the car, while Kubica had to wait until Thursday morning to lap the circuit in his 2019 challenger.
Kubica set 48 laps throughout the four hours of running, with his fastest ending up reading a 1:21.542. Speaking about his outing, the Pole says that he only had 12 laps to get a feel of the car.
"The first time [in the car], it was a bit late but it's better now than never," he said, "Today was a mixed day between checking up on systems and trying to get a bit of data for a new car. It doesn’t feel like day four of testing, it felt like day one. I got the opportunity for 12 laps to get the feel of the car which is of course limiting. It was not an easy morning but it is worth it.
"It was tough and not tough. It was not ideal but that's the situation and finally, we have got the car. In the end, the guys and the team did a good job to build it up in probably five times shorter time than it should have been.
"Of course then there is the reason why you are preparing, you are building up the car maybe in five days and not in one day and not that everybody is testing from day just for fun. There is a reason why people are testing. In situations like this we have to concentrate on what we have and will be the future and not what's in the past."
With the Australian Grand Prix kicking off in just under three weeks in Australia, Kubica is hoping that the testing delay doesn't have a knock-on effect for the start of the season.
"Hopefully we will not be penalised at the first races with the delays but everybody has to get on with their job in the team so I have to concentrate on my one. Finally, I got the car. Today I couldn’t really concentrate on driving and exploring the car. I had to do more of gathering data, signing off stuff and trying to get good mileage into the car. It was not really a smooth morning but it was as usual what you could expect on day one with a new car."