The team's assistant director, Claire Williams, said that an investigation would be conducted on the "embarrassing" delay with her 2019 car, but that the team's first goal was to make up for the time lost in pre-season testing.
The FW42 only arrived on the circuit of Barcelona-Catalunya on Wednesday early after the team had been forced to cancel the track race during a day of shooting on Saturday and the two first days of testing. Williams says that there are obvious reasons for the delays that she will not make public, but the team does not prioritize an investigation while the team has lost so much of time.
"It became apparent quite late that we would not be doing the shakedown first and then we would not do it the first day," Williams said. "We thought we could get everything we needed to do on Tuesday, and then the games did not go as planned. We had hoped that they would arrive and would have been included in the plan.
"And obviously we have not succeeded until today. But I will not go into the details to explain why. I do not think it's appropriate to discuss the ins and outs of what's wrong. In any case, the investigation has not yet resulted in Grove.
"We are clearly aware of some problems, but it is too early in the day to start discussing it in detail and probably something we would not do anyway. We have to solve what went wrong or analyze what went wrong, then solve it so that it does not happen again in Williams.
Williams admitted that the situation was "embarrassing" and apologized to pilots Robert Kubica and George Russell for not providing them with a car until three-quarters of the first test.
"This is not a situation we expected. This is certainly not a situation in which we have always wanted to find ourselves. We are not only disappointed. It's embarrassing not to bring a race car to a circuit when everyone has managed to do it, especially a team like ours who has managed to put a race car on trial for about 40 years. years.
"We can only excuse ourselves. I will apologize to our fans. I would like to apologize to all the people who have been under pressure in Grove in recent days for everything to be ready, just to bring us to this point today; and especially George and Robert, who were eagerly waiting for a car on Monday so that they could get ready and have as much time as possible to get ready for the season. But they were fantastic in this respect, they were very understanding and very supportive. "