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Williams forced to avoid kerbs due to spare parts shortage

  • Published on 28 Mar 2019 13:58
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Robert Kubica says that he must stay away from kerbs at this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix due to Williams' lack of spare parts. 

The Grove squad's season got off to an underwhelming start two weeks ago in Australia, as it was far off the rest of the field.

Its drivers Kubica and George Russell managed to finish the race, but admitted that the following races would be testing sessions as it tries to understand the problems the car has.

“It’s not an easy situation from the driver point of view because we will be limited with spare parts and everything,” said Kubica.

“Looking at what happened to me in Friday in Australia in FP1 by going on top of one kerb I get a damaged floor and we didn’t have bits to replace it. It affected probably all weekend. It’s something where you have to have a safe approach.”

Kubica is keeping faith in Williams but revealed that his floor was damaged from the fifth lap in practice in Melbourne.

Williams doesn't have a spare floor, but managed to repair it for this weekend's round in Bahrain.

"The team is trying to get us the best car we can have to drive,” said Kubica. “But on the other hand I think in a perfect world you would have fresher parts starting a weekend and having some spare parts in a good state.

“The thing is it’s already a very difficult car to drive – not difficult, but we are lacking the grip. If we are having the parts not at 100 percent we are limiting ourselves as well.

“The situation is not perfect but still the guys and everybody is trying to do their best. We have to do the best with what we have.”

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  • abhidbgt

    Posts: 267

    Is their budget this low? Lower than Haas? Haas was in this condition last year after quite a few races and crashes. Sad state of affairs.

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    • Mar 28 2019 - 14:30
    • I believe it is because Paddy Lowe took all of the composite raw material and threw it in a river in January and they've been playing catch up since...... :'D

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      • Mar 28 2019 - 14:53
  • On a scale of Brexit to my Glorious Sith Empire, how embarrassing isn't this? How on earth does this happen to Williams? To Bloody WILLIAMS!? It shouldn't be physically possible, in Any Reality, for This to happen to Williams!

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    • Mar 28 2019 - 20:44
    • Pardon my language but this is fucking embarrassing. I haven't seen this level of austerity since HRT and Virgin Racing on their first year; which is fine for a brand new team. But Williams? I'll keep saying it... Claire needs to go. Morale has got to be so low right now at Williams

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      • Apr 2 2019 - 04:10
  • f1ski

    Posts: 672

    all that money from F1 where is it going. They weren't ready because they didn't have the money? They need to be booted from F1

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    • Mar 29 2019 - 01:29
  • xoya

    Posts: 563

    HRT and Catheram have called. They want their team back.

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    • Mar 29 2019 - 09:11

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