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Williams confident it has improved the FW42

  • Published on 21 May 2019 12:12
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Williams senior race engineer Dave Robson is convinced that the Grove outfit managed to improve the performance of the FW42 last time out in Barcelona.

The FW42 has been particularly difficult for George Russell and Robert Kubica in 2019, leaving them both to fight it out at the back of the field.

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All teams, including Williams, introduced upgrades in Barcelona two weeks ago, with Russell admitting he was encouraged by the gap to the midfield teams.

While Robson thinks the team has made recent improvements, he is unsure if the upgrades will allow Williams to get closer to the midfield pack at Monaco. 

"Monaco is always one of the highlights of the Formula 1 calendar," he said. "Although a challenging event for the drivers and engineers alike, the surroundings and atmosphere make it a uniquely enjoyable race.

"Following the race and test in Barcelona, we believe that we have improved the performance of the FW42 and increased our understanding of the car and the tyres.

"Whether this will show or not in Monaco is unclear due to the unique nature of the Monte Carlo circuit and unpredictable local climate.

"However, we look forward to the challenge of Monaco knowing that we will need to make some changes to the car to suit this circuit and knowing how important it is to develop the drivers’ confidence over the course of the weekend.

"We also know that Monaco can spring a few surprises and we will be ready to use our excellent reliability and pit stop performance to exploit any opportunities that arise."

Kubica expecting a 'tough' Monaco weekend

Kubica has a strong record around the streets of Monaco, with two podiums to his name, including one in 2010, the last time he raced there.

However, he is not expecting any such fortunes this time around stating that it will be a tough weekend ahead for him and Williams.

"Monaco is a challenging circuit. I remember the streets to be narrow, and now the cars are wider and much bigger, it will be tough. It is a special race, one very different to the others on the Formula 1 calendar.

"Already this year, we have had a street circuit race in Baku with close walls and barriers, but Monaco has different characteristics and I look forward to driving there."

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  • Unless you've found 1.5 seconds a lap so that you can keep up with the back of the pack then say nothing Williams.....

    • + 0
    • May 21 2019 - 12:42
  • Monaco has always been Monaco's worst track recently

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    • May 21 2019 - 12:52
    • DRS-zone

      Posts: 239

      Monaco or Williams? :)

      • + 1
      • May 21 2019 - 13:50
    • Monaco!

      • + 1
      • May 21 2019 - 14:51
    • Just kidding, meant Williams of course lol

      • + 1
      • May 21 2019 - 14:52
    • Monaco being Monaco's worst track is some deep stuff! ;)

      Mind, I'm just glad someone else has "that" kinda day. XD

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      • May 21 2019 - 20:30
  • Sadtomato

    Posts: 27

    They absolutely HAVE to say they are improving. They can hardly say "we dont have a scooby doo what is wrong" can they? Patrick Head would shart kick people out if they did!

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    • May 22 2019 - 20:08
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