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After twelve stages of the season, Williams has no points earned. The British team are preparing for a difficult two-day weekend of the Grand Prix of Emilia-Romagna, but they expect to show good speed in Imola.

Dave Robson, Chief Race Engineer: “This week we are heading to Italy for the third time of the year – this time for the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix in Imola. Although we have performed in the past on this track, in fact, we are waiting for another new circuit, which will have to solve the same issues that we faced in Mugello and Portimao. However, this weekend there will be additional complexity in view of the shortened format of the weekend.

The only training session will take place before qualification, so the riders and engineers will have to work under pressure. We will probably see different approaches to work from the side of teams.

For the two-day weekend, Pirelli will bring ten sets of tires per driver. This means that after training, we will need to return three sets at once. The trains we will receive are one step softer than those in Portimao.

Over the years, the track has been reconstructed many times, but has retained its dynamic character, unusual counterclockwise direction and such famous turns as Piratella, Acque Minerali and Rivazza. The stretch from the second part of the Rivazza to the Tamburello chicane now runs with the gas pedal to the floor, past the new complex of boxes.

It won’t be easy to get the car set up correctly in ninety minutes, but we are ready to take on the challenge. The forecast promises stable and comfortable weather, so we should see a lot of events on the track during the weekend. “

George Russell: “Imola has a great track and I can’t wait to drive along it. The upcoming weekend will be challenging for teams and riders with just one practice session on a virtually new track. In such a situation, it is important to make the most of each circle.

We had a good pace during the race in Portimao and the car handled well. We expect to show the same form this weekend. “

Nicholas Latifi: “I’m glad to be back behind the wheel. There is an old-school track in Imola, and I am glad to have the opportunity this season to come to the circuit, which we normally would not have come to. The last time I competed in Imola was in 2014, but it’s cool that now I can appreciate this track while driving Formula 1.

I am looking forward to a two-day weekend – we already had something similar at the Nurburgring. In a single workout, everyone hit the track at once – it all looked like chaos, but it was fun. This format does not give teams a lot of time to sort out all the issues, so I hope that we can take advantage of the situation and benefit from it. “



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