The 2020 pre-season test looked way more promising for Williams than it did in the season 2019, where they missed two full days of testing, had basically nothing to work with and suffered the entire year occupying the last two positions in the gird (with a miraculous 1 point for Robert Kubica). This year in the first tests in Barcelona, George Russell was able to score 9th fastest time, even ahead of the Haas drivers.
In a recent interview, Russell said that: "There's no way we'll be as far off the pace as we were last year. Last year on average we were one second behind [and] you can say that all the other teams at least have found three tenths - so for us to be fighting we need to have found at least that amount. If we can achieve what we're aiming for then I think it'll be a great job, which is to be fighting with other teams”.
Russell spent two first days of the testing behind the wheel of the Williams car, and Nicolas Latifi drove on the final, 3rd day of the first Barcelona tests. Most of the morning sessions were spent on aerodynamic correlation tests, due to new aero items that the team was trying to integrate.
Claire Williams, the deputy team principal of Williams, has said that the team is targeting reaching Q2 and scoring points in every single race of the 2020 season.
Williams recently said "We're here in Formula 1 to go racing, that's why Williams exists, we're not here to do anything else. We're here because we love racing, and last year we just weren't racing”.
The first turn of the pre-season tests came to an end, but the next one begins on 26 of February, and will last till the 28th. This year F1 has introduced not only a shorter testing time for the teams, but also a full broadcast for fans that prompted for example a ban for the teams to hide the cars behind walls. The testing is available through Sky Italia, Sky UK as well as F1 TV Pro.