In a season that’s hardly abounded with positive news stories for Williams, Q1 in Baku may have been the team’s 2019 nadir so far, as Robert Kubica put his FW42 heavily into the wall at Turn 8, just a day after team mate George Russell had required a new chassis after driving over a drain cover.
Kubica was pushing hard as he approached Turn 8 in the first segment of qualifying, but got too greedy on entry to the corner, pummelling the inside barrier and ripping off the front left section of his car before the FW42 embedded itself in the outside one.
“I cut too much on the inside,” explained Kubica afterwards, “clipped the inside wall and then that launched me on the outside of the corner. It’s a very narrow place, but we know this, and unfortunately it happened.
“That’s how it is, I paid quite a high price for a relatively small mistake, but in that place it’s like this, so it’s a shame.”