German Grand Prix – Williams have scored their first point of 2019 after time penalties cost Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi their points finishes.
Williams have scored their first point in a tumultuous 2019 after Robert Kubica was promoted to P10 after the race at Hockenheim.
Kubica had finished P11 on the road, ahead of teammate George Russell, but gained two places hours after the race after both Alfa Romeo drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi were given 30 second time penalties for technical irregularities on their cars at the start of the race.
Kubica’s promotion to P10 means that Williams have now finally scored a point in 2019, having struggled through the first half of the year with the obviously slowest car in Formula 1.
Despite the point coming as a result of circumstance rather than on merit, Kubica and Russell both managed to bring their cars home on a day when many others didn’t and the Polish driver said that his first wet F1 race in nine years certainly proved a challenge: “It was a crazy race today and track conditions were very slippery. I managed to bring the car home with no mistakes which is the most important thing.”
“Although racing in wet and changeable conditions isn’t new for me, it’s been nine years since I last experienced it in a Formula One car and it certainly refreshed my memory.”
“The wet conditions made for a hectic and unpredictable race but gave our drivers a chance to try the 2019 Pirelli wet and intermediate tyres in anger for the first time.” said Williams’ Senior Race Engineer Dave Robson after the race. “At times the conditions were difficult to judge, especially when it became tempting to fit the slick tyres, however, both drivers made sensible decisions and did well to stay on track. The race team delivered some more excellent pitstops helping us gain a couple of places in the pitlane. The engineers and strategists worked well together in difficult circumstances and delivered a very solid performance.
Williams still remain P10 in the Constructor’s Championship, with just a single point on the board. The team could end up losing this point again, if Alfa Romeo end up having the decision overturned upon appeal.