Left Menu
Development News Edition

Motor racing-Williams cancel shakedown in rush to be ready for testing


Motor racing-Williams cancel shakedown in rush to be ready for testing
Williams have cancelled plans to run their new Formula One car for the first time on Saturday as they rush to be ready for the start of pre-season testing in Spain next week.

The former champions, who finished last overall in a dire 2018 season, are not the only team racing against time, with Renault also working flat out to complete their car. Both teams held livery launches at their factories in England this week but the cars on display were essentially last year's models with fresh paintwork and branding and new front wings.

"We have had an extremely aggressive engineering programme over the winter," said Williams deputy principal Claire Williams on Wednesday. "As such, we have taken the decision not to run our car during our filming day this weekend in order to allow the team to maximise the time at the factory before we head to Barcelona for the first day of the test on February 18."

Champions Mercedes have had no such headaches, the team running their new W10 for the first time at Silverstone on Wednesday. Formula One teams always operate to tight margins in designing and building cars, seeking to maximise development time, and this year has seen significant new aerodynamic regulations come into play.

Renault are also due to have their car on track at the Circuit de Catalunya on Saturday but team boss Cyril Abiteboul told reporters that was looking uncertain. "It's super-tight," the Frenchman told reporters of the timing.

"As we speak, we are 100 percent sure of nothing," he added when asked whether the team would be ready for the start of testing. "There will be two drivers, they will be there if you want to have a chat and a coffee. We should have a motorhome and a coffee machine working, but that is as far as I am 100 percent sure."

Abiteboul said time spent in the wind tunnel had a direct impact on performance but Renault, fourth overall last season and hoping to close the gap to the top three, might have to be more conservative next year. "You don't want to turn up and have to shake down your car and realise that there is something that isn't working. It is a balancing exercise," he said. "We have been a step too far, and we will maybe have to review it for next year." (Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Christian Radnedge)

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Download The Devdiscourse News App for Latest News.


TRENDING

OPINION/BLOG/INTERVIEW

Beware! Maximum cyber criminals eye your personal data

A report of the World Economic Forum revealed that cyber security is increasingly becoming an issue of public security as the majority of cyber criminals are increasingly targetting individual internet users. This requires preventive measur...

WEF 2020: Trump seems politically correct in pulling out from Paris Agreement

If the survey of the World Economic Forum WEF is believed, Trump seems to enjoy the confidence of his people in flaying climate intuitions and climate activists. His preference for economic development over environmental protection not only...

From home to healthcare, here are Robotic innovations transforming lives

Lovot is equipped with more than 50 sensors such as thermography, microphone array, obstacle detection, and touch sensor to generate motion and emotions in real-time....

Translating words to deeds: Achieving gender parity in access to financial resources

... ...

Videos

Latest News

Reuters Sports News Summary

Following is a summary of current sports news briefs. Top 25 roundup Historic win for Huggins as No. 14 WVU routs MissouriNo. 14 West Virginia rattled off 21 straight points early in the second half to break open a tight game and coast to a...

Gokulam beat Churchill 1-0, 25,000 turn up to support late Dhanarajan's family

Home side Gokulam Kerala FC notched up a solitary goal victory over former champions Churchill Brothers FC of Goa in an I-League clash, riding on a first-half strike from Marcus Joseph here on Sunday. Gokulam now move up to fourth on the ta...

Voting for BJP will prevent thousands of incidents like Shaheen Bagh, says Shah in Delhi

Voting for the BJP in Delhi polls will prevent thousands of incidents like Shaheen Bagh, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said at an election meeting on Sunday. Shah attacked the opposition leaders including AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal and Con...

Soccer-Manchester United smash Tranmere for six in FA Cup mauling

Manchester United thrashed third-tier Tranmere Rovers 6-0 on Sunday to join Manchester City in the fifth round of the FA Cup. A muddy and bobbly Prenton Park pitch looked the perfect stage for a shock but Tranmere were blown away as Harry M...

Give Feedback