Williams LogoJerez test Day One 

Tuesday 28 January, 2014

Driver: Valtteri Bottas
Chassis / Engine: FW36-01 / PU106A Hybrid
Location: Jerez de la Frontera 4.428km
Objectives: New component, systems and reliability checks
Weather: Dry and sunny
Maximum air & track temps: 17ºC / 21ºC

Rod Nelson, Chief Test & Support Engineer: We had a few electrical issues today which, combined with needing to replace a sensor critical to the functioning of the Internal Combustion Engine, delayed our running. Despite this, we were able to complete a number of installation laps and one timed lap, and I now feel we are in good shape for tomorrow. The team have worked well to address the problems we had today and we are now focused on working through our programme for the remaining days.

Valtteri Bottas: It wasn’t an ideal start to the day but the positive thing is that the team did a great job to fix the problems we found overnight and we got the car working well to complete a few laps this afternoon. The car matched my expectations on track with more torque. It feels like a very different car compared to last year in the way it handles as well as the power. After only a few laps we found a few things we can improve which is also good, so we need to start working on those things tomorrow.

POS DRIVER TEAM BEST TIME BEST / TOTAL LAPS
1 K Raikkonen Scuderia Ferrari 1:27.104 19 / 31
2 L Hamilton Mercedes AMG   Petronas 1:27.820 17 / 18
3 V Bottas Williams 1:30.082 4 / 7
4 S Perez Sahara Force India 1:33.161 10 / 11
5 J E Vergne Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:36.530 10 / 15
6 E Gutierrez Sauber F1 Team 1:42.257 6 / 7
7 S Vettel Infiniti Red Bull   Racing 3
8 M Ericsson Caterham F1 Team 1