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Oliver Rowland has taken a step closer to Formula 1 after signing as Williams’ ‘Official Young Driver’ for the 2018 F1 season.
Although Robert Kubica tried to keep his expectations in check, the Pole has confessed he was “almost convinced” he’d race for Williams at this year’s Australian GP.
Doug McKiernan, McLaren’s former head of aerodynamics, has joined the Williams team as their new chief engineer, reunited with Paddy Lowe.
Although Paddy Lowe supports the introduction of Halo, he says it has been a “challenge” dealing with the loads that it must be able to take while keeping the weight of the car down.
Lance Stroll believes Williams will benefit greatly from having Robert Kubica on board, especially when he does practice runs on grand prix Fridays.
Robert Kubica will join up with the Manor LMP1 team for a three-day test at Aragon with a view to racing for them in the World Endurance Championship.
Although Paddy Lowe is expecting a fierce battle behind F1’s top three teams, he is hoping that a “step change” in performance can keep Williams in the hunt.
Sergey Sirotkin says it feels as if he is “almost living” in the Williams factory as he prepares for his debut F1 campaign.
With two pay drivers now racing for Williams, Claire Williams has defended her team’s line-up saying Williams “only put talented drivers in our car.”
Robert Kubica will contest three practice sessions with Williams this season as part of his reserve driver role.