22.02.16
Barcelona Test One – Day One
Driver: Valtteri Bottas
Chassis / Engine: FW38-02 / PU106C Hybrid
Location: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, 4.655km
Weather: Warm and Dry
Maximum air & track temps: 22ºC / 25ºC
Rod Nelson, Chief Test & Support Engineer:
We had a slightly mixed day. We had a few niggling little issues that kept us in the garage for longer than we wanted to be there, but we’re still learning about the car so that’s not unexpected and we were able to work through them to continue our programme. Valtteri has been complimentary about aspects of the FW38 which is good start. We are just building up our run lengths and doing our due diligence on reliability, and as the test goes on we’ll feed in more and more performance items. Overall it is a reasonable start to pre-season testing for us.
Valtteri Bottas:
It’s always very nice to be back in the car and it’s nice to feel that we have made improvements, but it is way too early to say anything more than that. We were focussing on different kinds of tests today with the chassis, and some aerodynamic tests so mainly longer runs. We had a few problems but that’s testing, and hopefully we will have a clean run tomorrow. First impressions of the new car are good and I think we have fixed many issues from last year. However, like I said before, it’s just too early to say where we are against the others.
Position
Driver
Team
Best Time
Best / Total Laps
1.
S. Vettel
Ferrari
1:24.939
30 / 69
2.
L. Hamilton
Mercedes AMG F1 Team
1:25.409
31 / 156
3.
D. Ricciardo
Red Bull Racing
1:26.044
28 / 87
4.
V. Bottas
WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING
1:26.091
19 / 80
5.
A. Celis
Force India F1 Team
1:26.298
53 / 58
6.
J. Button
McLaren
1:26.735
78 / 84
7.
C. Sainz
Toro Rosso
1:27.180
29 / 55
8.
M. Ericsson
Sauber F1 Team
1:27.555
68 / 88
9.
P. Wehrlein
Manor F1 Team
1:28.292
33 / 54
10.
R. Grosjean
Haas F1 Team
1:28.399
6 / 31
11.
J. Palmer
Renault Sport F1 Team
1:29.356
36 / 37
Williams Martini Racing will be back on track tomorrow with Valtteri Bottas at the wheel.