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Williams has 'absolute confidence' it will be ready for pre-season testing

  • Published on 22 Jan 2020 09:07
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Williams will be ready to hit the Circuit de Catalunya on the opening day of pre-season testing, affirms deputy team principal Claire Williams.

Last year, the Grove-based squad failed to take part in the first two days of running at the track, as it settled its final preparations before bringing the car to the circuit for day three.

A difficult campaign endured for Williams, who scored just one point across the 21 races and failed to catch up to the other midfield teams.

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However, Williams says that her team has not endured a difficult winter as it did 12 months ago, and is confident that it is on schedule.

"The goal is to have the car for that [first] day, if not before," Williams is quoted by Marca. "I have absolute confidence that this will happen. We have allocated a large amount of contingency in case something goes wrong.

"The first signs for us is that we passed all of our crash tests, most of them at the first attempt. Last year, we failed many of them even at the sixth attempt."

Williams set some 'difficult winter goals'

With little change in the regulations from 2019 to 2020, there is not expected to be a significant difference in car designs when they launch later this year.

Williams says that the team set itself difficult goals to achieve during the break, but the full picture won't be clear until the season gets underway.

"We set ourselves some really difficult goals during the winter, particularly around aerodynamics but also to solve some mechanical problems. Everything seems to have gone well.

"We began to see some green shoots in the second half of last year, but everything now is based on aerodynamic numbers and correlation with the track, so you are never sure.

"We will have to wait and see where we are when we get to February," added Williams.

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  • JuJuHound

    Posts: 352

    I still believe they can make it well but it seems I'm naive as hell

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    • Jan 22 2020 - 10:12
  • Wow! What an achievement! Especially having probably the car from 2019 renamed as FW43..

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    • Jan 22 2020 - 10:16
    • xoya

      Posts: 583

      My thought exactly.
      They have probably focused on 2021 at the end of 2018 season.

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      • Jan 22 2020 - 10:52
  • Wish I could say the same. Wish I could..

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    • Jan 22 2020 - 21:06
    • Williams are going to hit the back of the grid again, and loose what little sponsorship they currently have, with board rallying against Claire. Her ouster brings the loyalists together in their difficult times, and bring a car worthy of 8th place in 2021. Yawn... i have to getup now.

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      • Jan 23 2020 - 04:53
    • Wake up mr Bhargav. Wake up and smell the ashes (of Williams' legacy burning to the ground). ;*

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      • Jan 23 2020 - 09:11

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