However the rookie is hopeful the team’s new parts for this weekend’s race will held it reduce the gap to the nine other teams.
“We have got some exciting items to test in Barcelona that we hope will guide us in the right direction for the remainder of the season,” he said. “We hope they will be positive steps, to try and turn our season around.”
Williams senior race engineer Dave Robson said the Baku drama prevented it from testing the upgrade sooner.
“With our Friday running in Baku being heavily curtailed, we have a range of test items for consideration on Friday.
“However, as the race is immediately followed by a two-day test, we can concentrate on the short-term items on Friday before switching focus to the longer-term learning during the test.”
Williams’s official reserve driver Nicholas Latifi will drive on both days of the post-race test.
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