Missing more than a quarter of pre-season testing as their FW42 was delayed, Renault chassis chief Nick Chester says he feels for Williams.
There was no sign of Williams at the Circuit de Catalunya as pre-season testing got underway on Monday with the team also missing Tuesday’s running before finally taking to the track on Wednesday’s afternoon.
Their postponed start was down to a delay with the build of the FW42 as the team were forced to wait for parts.
And that, Chester says, is horrible for any team.
“Oh yeah, absolutely,” he told Motorsport.com when asked if he felt sympathy for Williams. “It is really hard.
“Unless you lived through multiple car builds you wouldn’t realise how hard it is and how many parts are delivered right at the last minute.
“The production guys do an absolutely fantastic job and they are chasing thousands of parts in the period of one or two weeks.
“They have everything turning up at nearly the same time and it is super, super busy.
“You only need one or two problems to be four or five days late, so it is a big challenge.”
Williams now have to condense eight days of testing into five-and-a-half.
“There are ways to trim it,” Chester said.
“You can prioritise all your test items and then go ‘OK, those ones are a bit more minor, we will drop them off’.
“I think what is tough is you need really, if you can, your full mileage for reliability.
“That helped us a lot last year. You need time in the car to understand it, so to every run you have chance to learn a bit and get drivers more into it.
“There are ways to condense it but it still hurts missing days.”