Williams Racing driver George Russell spent the whole day in the FW43B car on Sunday, completing over 158 laps in the eight hour session.
Russell had to wait until the last day to go around the Bahrain International Circuit after test driver Roy Nissany spent Friday behind the wheel and Nicholas Latifi on Saturday. However, the British driver completed nearly three Grand Prix’s worth in Sunday’s running, completing 158 laps, before going sixth-fastest overall with a time of 1:30.117.
“It was a very productive day and we put a lot of laps on the board, 158 in the end. The team did a great job over these three days, we have had no reliability issues, and everything ran smoothly.” Said Russell.
“Ultimately performance is what we are here for and I think we have a lot to analyse. Some of our competitors do seem very quick, but equally I think the conditions did not always favour us. We have lots to analyse but overall, it has been a positive test for the team.”
Williams Racing completed 373 laps over the three days of testing, 2018.676km, with Russell completing just under half of that in one day. The British racing team will be pleased to see that the car suffered no reliability issues, especially with the Mercedes-powered engine that forced Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team and Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team to have missed at least half a session across the three days.
“We can be pleased with our day’s work today. The car ran reliably throughout, which is testament to the skill and effort of all those in Grove and at the track involved in designing, manufacturing and operating it,” said Dave Robson, Head of Vehicle Performance at Williams Racing.
“We were able to complete over 850km of valuable running, which enabled us to do a lot of testing and to gain further experience of the new Pirelli tyres. We worked through a good programme that included all aspects of a typical race weekend and which stressed the team, including George. Everyone rose to the challenge and is now looking forward to the real test in a few weeks’ time.”
Russell and Williams Racing will next appear on the F1 track in two weeks in the opening race of the 2021 season, which is set to take place at the Bahrain International Circuit, on 26-28 March.