Williams have hit a massive roadblock going into the 2019 season, as the team has confirmed that they won’t be able to function during the first two days of test 1 at Barcelona.
The team hasn’t been able to prepare their car in time and is extremely apologetic to everyone associated with the team about this mishap.
Williams have already been struggling on the track, having finished last in the constructor’s championship last time round.
Now, while Williams have released an official statement about the entire fiasco, a Williams insider has revealed the exact problems that have been going on behind the scenes.
More bad news for @WilliamsRacing
— Formula 1 (@F1) February 18, 2019
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) February 18, 2019
“It is looking more likely than not that we will now not be in a position to run on track until Wednesday at the earliest. This is obviously extremely disappointing, but it is unfortunately the situation we are in. We will be getting the FW42 on track as soon as we are able.” the official statement read.
The insider(according to u/Formula1_) has revealed the problems that have led to this situation and the issues with Claire’s leadership.
— Utkarsh Bhatla (@UtkarshBhatla) February 18, 2019
I’ve spoken with three Williams personnel (two are trackside, one is factory based) and here are the facts about missing T1:
1) Parts were ‘released’ too late to be manufactured on-time and that’s the only reason we’re missing T1 D1. The missing parts are composite so they are possibly suspension or bodywork related but I wasn’t told exactly…and didn’t ask. When she/he said the parts were not ‘released’, they mean the part was not approved and sent out as a full scale model which is then taken to the composite laminators or machining group for manufacture.
2) Overall morale in the team is “low af”. “We’re being worked like dogs, treated like shit, and HR is a fucking joke”
3) “We’re often wondering who’s in charge around here”
Williams seem to be in a lot of mess, a mess that needs to be sorted if they want to see themselves anywhere close to the top.