Gremlins grind George to a halt in Austrian Grand Prix
A fuel pressure problem forced George Russell to retire from the 2020 season opener.
On the final day of the second pre-season test at Barcelona, George had a complete day behind the wheel of the FW43 - working through the remaining items on the test programme before the opening race of the season in Albert Park, Melbourne.
The day starting with initial aero testing for the team, before settling down into the serious running. George and the team enjoyed an encouraging day, recording a mammoth 146-laps of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya over the course of the day - trialling a mixture of the C1-C4 compound tyres.
George set a best laptime of 1:17.018s in the morning session, before improving to a 1:16.871s in the afternoon session on the C5 compound.
This laptime was over 2.2s faster than the team achieved at last years Spanish Grand Prix qualifying - showing the progress the team has made in the new FW43.
Both George and teammate Nicholas Latifi made the most of the six days available of pre-season testing, completing in excess of 100 laps on all but one of the days - reaching a total of 737 laps and 3431km of milage.
George Russell - ROKiT Williams Racing Driver
“It was a productive day and we got in almost all the laps we wanted to. We had a good morning doing qualifying simulations and managed a race simulation in the afternoon. We got plenty of laps on the board and it was good preparation ahead of Australia.
No doubt we are in a better position than last year, but we’re not going to get carried away. I am optimistic that we can go to Melbourne and be in the fight, but until we get there we won’t know for sure. From both myself and everyone at the team, we are going to go there and do our best to get everything out of the car.”
With pre-season testing complete, attention heads to the opening round of the 2020 FIA Formula One World Championship, on the 13-15 March for the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.
Photographs Courtesy of ROKiT Williams Racing