Williams FW42 up in Barcelona, but not yet running

Williams has finally set up shop at the Circuit de Catalunya, its belated FW42 arriving in the paddock at 4am this morning.

After build-up delays forced Williams to scrap the new car’s shakedown run and the team’s first two days of testing in Barcelona, its crews are working at full steam, hoping the FW42 will take to the track after Wednesday’s lunch break at the earliest.

Missing 25 percent of pre-season testing is a significant set-back for the beleaguered Grove-based outfit.

    Lowe feeling the load after Williams testing no-show

But the biggest impact from the delayed start could be felt internally, with accountability likely to be sought for an alleged design flaw that is at the basis of the FW42’s hold up.

After a dismal 2018 season, perhaps the worst in its over 40-year history, Williams is in dire need of a turnaround.

Williams new recruit and F1 rookie George Russell played down the impact of losing out on almost three days of pre-season testing.

“Everyone is working as hard as possible to get it sorted,” he said.

“I don’t think it will compromise us too much, to be honest. Winter testing is one thing, but once you get racing it’s a completely different story.”

Better late than never, but will it really be all that different for Williams in Melbourne?

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