Testing proves testing for Kubica and Russell as both end up second from LAST in trials
The final day of the Formula 1 pre-season testing is underway and Robert Kubica is once again behind the wheel of the ROKiT Williams Racing’s FW42 car.
As the last test before the Australian Grand Prix on March 17th, the teams are gathering data to prepare the vehicles and compare results.
Kubica’s Williams team had the roughest start among the F1 participants.
They missed the first days of testing due to the car not being ready and are among the last when it comes to lap times. Achieving the fastest times may not be the goal at this point, but it still doesn’t bode well for the rest of the season.
Kubica’s teammate, George Russell, who tested on Thursday, completed the most laps – 140 – but with a time of 1.18,130 was two seconds behind Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, finishing eleventh in total.
Kubica’s results on Wednesday were comparable after 130 laps and a best time of 1.19,367 leaving him eleventh out of twelve.
On Wednesday, Kubica posted on Williams’ official Facebook fan page: “We had a good day from a gathering data point of view.
“Time is running out and from a driver point of view we haven’t done much work on the car so there is still a lot of things to discover and not much time before the first race.
“We are not in the position we would like to be from an engineering point of view, but I hope in the next few days we can start playing with the car and see how it reacts.
“We have to keep working and keep improving to put maximum effort in, and I hope we have a smooth start to the season now.”
On Thursday the team took time out to enjoy a few donuts from their Polish partner Orlen which sent them eight wishing them a happy Fat Thursday.
And in a touching move which delighted fans, Orlen introduced a young blind girl called Julia to Kubica who led her around the FW42 car letting her feel and hear it.
Fan Chris Chivers posted: “This is what it’s all about, the teams can be pretty stiff and keep the shutters down to hide the cars away but ultimately the fans are what matter. This young girl probably had the best days she’s had in a while today. Awesome.”
Delighted Kamil Żurek wrote: “That's how you do it. Respect!”
While Chris Williams posted simply: “Just lovely and well done team and Robert.”