Williams F1 Testing 2019
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Having missed the first two days of testing and after spending the last 48 hours finishing their FW42, Williams finally made it out on track for testing in Barcelona.

Debutant George Russell finally left the garage on Wednesday after hours and hours of waiting to complete his first installation lap.

It was also his last, Russell pulling into the garage 1 minute and 20 seconds later.

“Job done” a delighted Russell told reporters, “we got what we wanted”.  

Russell explained the reason behind completing just the single installation lap.

“We were concentrating on our long-run pace” Russell said.

“We got some great data, and our engineers will be working round the clock for the next 5 minutes to understand that data” the UK driver told reporters.

“We successfully completed our program” Chief Technical Officer Paddy Lowe told the press on Wednesday.

“Sure, it took us 2 and a half days to complete that installation lap” Russell conceded “but that’s what testing is for”.

Lowe assured fans the 54 hour 17 minute and 35 second lap time wasn’t indicative of the car’s potential.

“We were on the C3 compound, not the C5” Lowe confirmed.

Russell’s teammate Robert Kubica was looking forward to getting behind the wheel later on.

“I can’t wait to jump in the car and then jump out of the car 1 minute and 20 seconds later” Kubica told reporters.


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