Sam Michael, Technical Director: It has been another good day of running concentrating on KERS, setup work, long runs and starts, and we’ve had no mechanical issues with the Williams Cosworth driveline. Most of the parts on the car now have done quite a few miles so we’re pushing into that zone where you can have high mileage failures. We need to do it now though to avoid failures on race weekends. We’re learning more about the Pirelli tyres and how to extract the most out of them – there’s definitely going to be some tricks to that this year! Right now the rate of performance development is high for all teams, so it’s not possible to put any real indicators on pace order
Rubens Barrichello: We had a very productive day completing 118 laps which has helped make up for the time we lost yesterday. Today was the first time I was able to use KERS, running with it activated for about 75% of the day so I am feeling happy. We also did some longer runs and I feel we are getting better prepared with everything ready for the start of the season.
AT&T Williams will be back on track tomorrow, Sunday 20 February, with Pastor Maldonado in the FW33 for the third day of the test.
Driver Rubens Barrichello
Chassis / engine FW33-01 / CA321
Location Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona 4.655km
Objectives Engine mapping, KERS and reliability
Weather Dry and sunny in the morning turning cloudy later in the day
Ambient & track temps 16ºC / 18ºC