Williams’ FW43 is “definitely” a step in the right direction, however, Nicholas Latifi concedes the team has not solved all its issues with the new car.
Williams debuted its 2020 car, the FW43, in the build-up to pre-season testing.
The team even got in a shakedown before taking to the Barcelona circuit last Wednesday for the first of six days of official testing.
That was already an improvement on last year when the team missed the first two and a bit days.
This time around Williams drivers Latifi and George Russell covered 324 laps while Russell’s 1:18.168 put him 15th on the timesheet.
Again a marked improvement on last year’s back of the pack times.
Latifi, though, acknowledges that while the FW43 is an improvement on last year’s car, it is by no means a fix to all the team’s problems.
“There definitely some positive signs,” he told Autosport.
“There’s still some negative things with the car, some things that we still have to try and sort out, some issues – let’s say characteristic – carrying over from last year, so not all the problems are solved.
“It sounds silly to say but just the fact that everything was ready on time and waiting on the light to go out on the first day of testing was a huge psychological boost for the team, especially after what happened last year.
“From my first impression of the car when I was driving on day one, I feel could for sure it’s a step forward, which is great to feel as a driver because you can tell all the hard work that guys were doing over the winter, the guys and girls back in the factory, was paying off.
“How much of a step forward it is? For sure all the other teams have made a step forward, we’ll find out come the first few races.”
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Latifi will return to the test arena on Wednesday morning for the start of the second pre-season outing before handing the car over to Russell for the afternoon’s session.
The rookie will be back in action on Friday, the final day.