Williams want to be waiting for the light to go green at the start of testing

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Williams is aiming to be waiting at the end of the pitlane for the light to go green when pre-season testing begins next month.

Last year, the Grove-based squad missed the first two and a half days of running in Barcelona after production delays blighted their troubled 2019 car.

And in a year where the aim is to start making progress back towards midfield competitiveness, and teams only have six days of testing before Melbourne, Williams know they can't waste a second.

“We set ourselves some really tough targets over the winter, around aero in particular, about finding performance, and then on some mechanical issues as well,” deputy boss Claire Williams said via Motorsport.

“These have been going well, obviously the key target now is getting the car to that test on time and at the lights when they go green, if not before.

“And I have absolute confidence that that will happen.”

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There is already a good sign that will be the case after it emerged the 2020 car passed the FIA crash tests first time, allowing Williams to focus on preparation.

“We’ve built ourselves a huge amount of contingency time to ensure that if something does go wrong, we’re OK and we’ve got some cover there,” Williams added.

“One of the first signs of success for us is that we passed all our crash tests, most of which we did at the first attempt unlike like last year where we failed many of them: even at the sixth attempt.

“That obviously puts even more pressure into the system because then you’re having to deal with a crash test rather than worrying about getting the car out.

“So that’s been a good milestone for us over the winter.”

Earlier this week, RaceFans revealed plans for a livery launch on February 17th with online renderings of the 2020 car before officially unveiling it in Barcelona before testing begins.