Williams to miss opening day of F1 testing

Williams FW42

The opening day of Formula 1 pre-season testing will see all teams bar Williams hit the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona.

Teams have a total of eight days of testing ahead of the new season, broken up into two official four-day tests at the Spanish venue.

Williams however has revealed that it will not take part in the opening day of testing, scheduled to begin this evening Australian time.

The squad was forced to cancel a shakedown test it had scheduled for last week as the team busied itself with final preparations for the new car.

It has since revealed those delays have carried over and will see the team sit out Monday’s action.

“Unfortunately, we have had to delay the start of our pre-season¬†Barcelona¬†test to Tuesday morning,” said deputy team boss Claire Williams.

“We have had an incredibly busy winter at Grove getting the FW42 prepared for the season ahead and, despite everyone’s best efforts, we need some more time before it will be ready to run.

“Our absolute priority is to always ensure we bring a car to the track that is the best that it can be, and sometimes that takes longer than you’d anticipate or like.

“It’s clearly not ideal, but equally it’s not the end of the world.

“We will obviously have our work cut out to recover the time lost but we still have seven days of testing left and we will be maximising that time to prepare the car for the first race.”

All nine other teams are expected to be on track, including Alfa Romeo which will formally unveil its car at the circuit prior to testing beginning.

The team has already been on track with its new car, Kimi Raikkonen completing a shakedown test at Fiorano last week.

The remainder of the field has unveiled its cars, with a number having also completed either shakedown tests, or a filming day.

Line-up: Formula 1 pre-season test 1, Barcelona 

Team Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Mercedes Valtteri Bottas
Lewis Hamilton
Ferrari Sebastian Vettel Charles Leclerc Sebastian Vettel Charles Leclerc
Red Bull Max Verstappen Pierre Gasly Max Verstappen Pierre Gasly
Renault Nico Hulkenberg
Daniel Ricciardo
Daniel Ricciardo
Nico Hulkenberg
Nico Hulkenberg
Daniel Ricciardo
Daniel Ricciardo
Nico Hulkenberg
Haas Romain Grosjean Kevin Magnussen Romain Grosjean
Pietro Fittipaldi
Pietro Fittipaldi
Kevin Magnussen
McLaren Carlos Sainz Lando Norris Carlos Sainz Lando Norris
Racing Point Sergio Perez Lance Stroll Sergio Perez Lance Stroll
Alfa Romeo Kimi Raikkonen Antonio Giovinazzi Kimi Raikkonen Antonio Giovinazzi
Toro Rosso Daniil Kvyat Alexander Albon Daniil Kvyat Alexander Albon
Williams George Russell
Nicholas Latifi
Nicholas Latifi
Robert Kubica
Robert Kubica
George Russell

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