Williams’ woes continued in Bahrain on Friday as George Russell and Robert Kubica languished at the bottom of the timesheets. Adding to the team’s concern was the fact that Kubica was a second slower than his team mate – despite running an identical set-up.
Rookie Russell had the upper hand on Kubica in the Australian season-opener, but there they ran differing set-ups. With the Pole still trailing the Briton in Sakhir with the same configuration, the suspicion must be that something deeper is amiss with his car.
“After the first race I had some doubts and questions, but those have now gone,” said Kubica of the deficit. “In Australia, I ran a different set-up to George and we could clearly see the different characteristics of the car.
“Here we started with the same set-up and the characteristics are still different. I just hope we are able to solve it, but we have some tests to do so we understand the reasons.
“In Australia it (the deficit) was maybe caused by some damage to the floor and maybe different set-up, but at least after the first session here we get an answer - which is clearly that we are driving two different cars on the same set-up.”