Williams: FW42 improvements might not be evident in Monaco

Monte Carlo, Monaco

Monaco Grand Prix – Williams’ Dave Robson says that despite making improvements to their car, this weekend might not allow them to show their increased speed.

Williams head to Monaco this weekend on the back of a successful two day test at the Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya last week, with Nicholas Latifi racking up over 200 laps in total over the test.

After struggling with the start of the 2019 season with a truculent FW42, the team feel they have improved the car hugely, but that the idiosyncratic Monte Carlo circuit might not be the best venue to display that. Monaco hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for the Grove based team in recent years, even with the far more competitive machinery from the early part of the hybrid era.

“Following the race and test in Barcelona, we believe that we have improved the performance of the FW42 and increased our understanding of the car and the tyres.” explained Dave Robson, Senior Race Engineer.

“Whether this will show or not in Monaco is unclear due to the unique nature of the Monte Carlo circuit and unpredictable local climate. However, we look forward to the challenge of Monaco knowing that we will need to make some changes to the car to suit this circuit and knowing how important it is to develop the drivers’ confidence over the course of the weekend. We also know that Monaco can spring a few surprises and we will be ready to use our excellent reliability and pit stop performance to exploit any opportunities that arise.”

Robert Kubica returns to the streets of the Principality this weekend for the first time since 2010, when he was one of the stars of that Monaco GP weekend while driving for Renault. Now in a very different position to where he was last time he raced on the streets, he said he’s looking forward to what will be one of the toughest races of the year: “Monaco is a challenging circuit. I remember the streets to be narrow, and now the cars are wider and much bigger, it will be tough. It is a special race, one very different to the others on the Formula One calendar. Already this year, we have had a street circuit race in Baku with close walls and barriers, but Monaco has different characteristics and I look forward to driving there.”

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