How Williams has confronted its demons head-on

Being the first car out of the pits at the start of testing won’t win George Russell and Williams any prizes come the end of the F1 season, but it was nevertheless a significant moment in making up for the team’s shambolic start to 2019

What a contrast from last year. Twelve months ago, Williams was in crisis, its new car build running late and causing its FW42 to miss the first two days of testing action. This time around, Williams has not only managed to complete a shakedown with the car prior to testing, but it also achieved one of its most ambitious aims.

Speaking earlier this year, deputy team principal Claire Williams had said: “We set ourselves some really tough targets over the winter, around aero in particular, about finding performance, and then on some mechanical issues as well and these have been going well.

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