Alex Albon will be the first to test a Williams

Williams has revealed the drivers’ work schedule for pre-season testing, which will be held in Bahrain from February 23-25.

On the first day, the team divided the track work between the riders – Alex Albon will start the tests. The Thai driver will work out the morning session and in the afternoon he will hand over the car to his partner Logan Sargent. On the second day, the FW45 car will be at Sargent’s full disposal – the American racer will work out the morning and afternoon sessions, with both sessions being run by Albon on Saturday.

Dave Robson, chief engineer: “The new season starts with a three-day test in Bahrain. While the cars are an evolution from last year, we have updated the rules and tires and several drivers have changed teams. As a result of all this, the only pre-season testing will be very important.

We took the FW45 to Bahrain after a day of filming at Silverstone. In the coming days we expect to continue work on the set and prepare the car and drivers for the first races.

The team split track time evenly between Alex, who is in his second season with the team, and Logan, who joined us after an impressive season in Formula 2, a successful FW44 drive in Abu Dhabi and a productive winter with training sessions. and work on the simulator. On Thursday, the riders work half a day and the remaining days are fully spent – Logan on Friday and Alex on Saturday.

First of all we will focus on preparing the car and drivers for the Bahrain Grand Prix. We need to collect important information about the capabilities of the FW45 – this data will help further modernization.

Typical Bahraini February weather is expected this week – warm and dry, but variable wind gusts are possible.

Alex Albon: “It is great to come to Bahrain for pre-season testing. I’m also happy that James Vowles has officially joined us.

Last week we had a run-in at Silverstone – it’s great to get the early laps in, although the weather is radically different from what we’ll see in testing. However, the laps completed were important.

During tests in Bahrain under suitable conditions, each of us has a day and a half to get used to the car. This is not so much, so you can not waste time and immediately try to show a high pace. I think we did a good job last year and now we will have a better season with the car, although it’s hard to predict now.”

Logan Sargent: “I am very excited about the upcoming tests in Bahrain. During the break-in at Silverson we were already able to form a first impression of the car. I look forward to getting to know the features of the FW45 better and finding an approach to it.

I know the track in Bahrain well, which gives me confidence for the tests. I hope we will be in good shape for the first race of the season. We will do everything we can to pay off the hard work and effort over the winter.”

Source: F1 News

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