Williams LogoBahrain test Day One 

Thursday 27 February, 2014

Driver: Valtteri Bottas
Chassis / Engine: FW36-03 / PU106A Hybrid
Location: Bahrain International Circuit 5.412km
Objectives: Aero evaluation, race simulation and set-up work
Weather: Hot and sunny
Maximum air & track temps: 30ºC / 39ºC

Rod Nelson, Chief Test & Support Engineer: We started the morning by testing some aero components, all of which correlated well with what we were expected from the wind tunnel. We then did a race simulation this afternoon including laps to the grid and everything that goes into a race and that also went well. We then completed our programme for today with some new tyre work for Pirelli. Overall, it’s been a really good day completing 128 laps.

Valtteri Bottas: It’s been another good day for us. It was nice to get the whole run plan done. We didn’t have any issues all day so well done to all the team for getting the car running so well. We have a lot of data to analyse tonight after doing some aero work this morning and a race distance and set-up work this afternoon. We did some very interesting tests and there are still plenty of things to improve so we’ll keep pushing.

1 S Perez Sahara Force India 1:35.290 34 / 105
2 V Bottas Williams 1:36.184 113 / 128
3 K Raikkonen Scuderia Ferrari 1:36.432 43 / 54
4 N Rosberg Mercedes AMG   Petronas 1:36.624 55 / 89
5 A Sutil Sauber F1 Team 1:37.700 41 / 89
6 K Magnussen McLaren Mercedes 1:37.825 13 / 109
7 D Ricciardo Infiniti Red Bull 1:37.908 19 / 39
8 M Chilton Marussia 1:38.610 23 / 44
9 D Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:39.242 10 / 55
10 P Maldonado Lotus 1:40.599 24 / 31
11 K Kobayashi Caterham F1 Team 1:42.285 11 / 19


Williams will be back on track tomorrow, Friday 28 February, with Felipe Massa in the FW36 for the second day of the test.