Williams Racing is preparing for the first race of the 2020 FIA Formula 1 World Championship at the Red Bull Ring, and the team is hoping to have improved from last season.
The Grove-based team struggled last year only scoring one point with George Russell and Robert Kubica. Russell continues with the team for a second year alongside Nicholas Latifi.
Last season at the Austrian Grand Prix, the team finished at the bottom end of the race and will be hoping to improve this year.
Russell expressed his excitement for returning to racing, the Brit, who will be entering his second season of Formula 1 touched on the Grand Prix last year explaining his opinion.
“I’m really excited to get back racing and at a circuit that I enjoy driving and have gone well at in the past. It was probably one of my best races in Formula 1 last year so I’m really looking forward to it.
“We’ve done a lot of virtual racing recently so it will be great to now race in reality and provide some entertainment for the fans that will be supporting us from home.
He went on to talk about Williams’s performance and how he will not be making any guesses to what the team will be like. He suggested testing is not always the best marker but added he will still be trying his best every weekend.
“From a performance perspective, I don’t want to pre-empt how we will get on as we’ve only really had winter testing. Regardless though, I will be going out there to give it my everything.“
Latifi makes his debut in Austria and is the only rookie on the Formula 1 grid this year.
“It goes without saying that I am extremely excited to finally make my Formula One debut! It’s definitely not been a conventional build up to the first race of the season but these past few weeks have been good getting back into the swing of things, upping my preparations, and getting back into the factory and into the groove with the team.
“I feel ready and I feel prepared. It will be a bit strange with all the new protocols and it will definitely be a lot quieter without any fans.
“There will be a lot to get used to but we’re getting to go racing again and that’s the main thing. I can’t wait to hit the track.“