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Williams: Late 2019 regulations didn’t help car delay

Claire Williams believes that a late switch to the 2019 regulations ‘didn’t help’ Williams’ preparations with the FW42.

The Williams team had a delayed start to testing after the late delivery of their 2019 car, causing them to start their pre-season testing schedule two-and-a-half days late.

A productive second week has helped Williams in their preparations for the new season, and they managed to achieve respectable mileage in the final four-day test.

For 2019, teams have to adhere to a new set of bodywork regulations, which include wider, simpler front wings, bigger barge boards and bigger rear wings.

Other teams have spoken out against either the cost, effectiveness or late delivery of the 2019 regulations.

Whilst deputy team principal wouldn’t divulge the specific details about why the car was late, she believes Williams’ smaller budget wasn’t helped by the late confirmation of the 2019 regulations.

“There were some technical directives that did come out relatively late that didn’t help,” said Williams.

“It doesn’t help a team like ours where we don’t have the additional budget and therefore resource to throw at something if it comes in late. We’ve got a very tight plan with very stringently-controlled budgets to affect that plan and if something was to be thrown in at the last minute.

“You’ve then got to find additional resource to either do a U-turn or whatever you have to do in order to facilitate that change. So there were a few incidents like that.

“You can’t predict that, but you should certainly plan for it and make contingency plans.”

When asked about the development programme for Australia, Williams insisted that car will be prepared in time for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

“Those programmes are currently on target. Obviously, work is going on for chassis two and three to get those three chassis there for Melbourne, and have the spares we need.”

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