Less than 24 hours before start of pre-season testing in Barcelona, Williams have confirmed their car isn’t going to be ready in time.
The team launched a new livery and title sponsor last week before releasing rendered images of the 2019 FW42, but have seemingly fallen behind in their work on the car itself.
Deputy Team Principal Claire Williams said: “Unfortunately, we have had to delay the start of our pre-season Barcelona test to Tuesday morning. 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.”
Her remark that there are seen days of testing left suggests the team is optimistic the car will be able to take to the track on Tuesday.