According to Autosport, Williams have cleared their backlog of parts that required manufacturing following a redesign of several key components of their FW42 after they were found to be illegal prior to the 209 Formula 1 season opener in Australia.
The knock on effect of this is that the team has found itself with desperately needed updates to the car sitting on the drawing board waiting to be built so that it can be added to the car in an effort to bring it closer to the rest of the field – a field that currently sits over a second a lap ahead of the two Williams drivers, George Russell and Robert Kubica.
Quoted in Autosport, Britain’s George Russell said:
“It’s definitely going to get easier from now on in and I have confidence that we are going to make progress.”
“The team is working extremely hard and we have some quite exciting things in the pipeline.”
“How close that will bring us to the rest of the pack I don’t know but these weekends are making us stronger.
“I do believe at some point we’ll be able to turn it around.”
Russell revealed that while Williams will be able to bring a few small updates to this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona, they won’t be able to run a fully upgraded FW42.
The updates will concentrate on areas of the car that Williams feel will give them maximum benefit, such as aerodynamics and brakes.
Deputy Team Principal Claire Williams added:
“There is some light at the end of the tunnel. I think China demonstrated that we’ve brought a little bit of performance to the car, but we’re still far too far behind the ninth-placed team at the moment.”
Williams F1 currently find themselves at the back of the 20 strong 2019 Formula grid for the second season in a row, and will hope the Spanish Grand Prix signals a turn around in their fortunes following a disastrous Azerbaijan Grand Prix.