Driver: Pastor Maldonado
Chassis / engine: FW35-01 / RS27-5409/3
Location: Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona 4.655km
Objectives: Tyre testing and aero evaluations
Weather: Cloudy with some rain, dry in the afternoon
Air & track temps: 7-11ºC / 6-13ºC
Mike Coughlan, Technical Director: This morning was effected by rain, but this afternoon we managed to get some running in to start working through our aero evaluation work which we had planned for this test. This afternoon we also did a standard fuel run-out test to check against our data; the results were as expected. We now hope to complete some further dry running as we make our final preparations before Australia.
Pastor Maldonado: We didn’t manage to complete our entire programme because of the rain today, but we still did 75 laps with the track improving towards the end of the afternoon. I had a good feeling in the car but we still have things we can improve. This afternoon we were able to complete some aero evaluations, with particular focus on trying some different front wings. We now have enough data to make some decisions on that, so I’m looking forward to getting some dry running in over the weekend.
The Williams F1 Team will be back on track tomorrow, Saturday 2 March, with Pastor Maldonado driving in the morning session and Valtteri Bottas driving the afternoon session for the third day of the test.