Canadian GP: Williams Friday report

Objectives P1 Validation of new aero components Objectives P2 Brake wear/cooling check Tyre comparisons Sam Michael, Technical Director We tested new aero components today and everything worked well, so all of these will all be carried forward...

Objectives P1
Validation of new aero components

Objectives P2
Brake wear/cooling check
Tyre comparisons

Sam Michael, Technical Director
We tested new aero components today and everything worked well, so all of these will all be carried forward for the race for both cars. Unfortunately we had a problem with the hydraulics on Ruben's car, the exact cause of which we have not yet determined. This was quite costly, losing almost half of the second practice session this afternoon and we will be relying on his experience to catch up. In summary, it looks like tyre management will be the key to this weekend.

Nico Hulkenberg
Runs P1: Run 1: Used Prime (1 laps, install), Run 2: Used Prime (2 laps, Systems test), Run 3: Used Prime (8 laps, Baseline set-up), Run 4: Used Prime (6 laps, Aero set-up test, Run 5: Used Prime (6 laps, Aero test), Run 6: Used Prime (8 laps, Race set-up)
Runs P2: Run 1: New Prime (6 laps, tyre evaluation), Run 2: Used Prime (5 laps, set-up test), Run 3: Used Prime (5 laps, Aero set-up test), Run 4: New Option (5 laps, Tyre evaluation), Run 5: Used Option (20 laps, Race set-up)

"The circuit here is so narrow compared to places like Turkey. It's great and much more exciting to race close to the wall as opposed to 200 metres away. In terms of progress today, we got through the programme but didn't end up with exactly the results we wanted. I am struggling to find balance with the car, but I am confident we will achieve something here."

Rubens Barrichello
Runs P1: Run 1: Used Prime (1 lap, Install), Run 2: Used Prime (6 laps, Set-up test), Run 3: Used Prime (5 laps, baseline set-up), Run 4: Used Prime (5 laps, Set-up test), Run 5: Used Prime (5 laps, Aero test), Run 6: Used Prime (1 laps, Race set-up)
Runs P2: Run 1: New Prime (9 laps, Tyre evaluation), Run 2: Used Prime (6 laps, Set-up test), Run 3: Used Prime (5 laps, Aero set-up test), Run 4: New Option (6 laps, Tyre evaluation), Run 5: Used Option (1 laps, Race set-up)

"We have quite a lot of new development parts for this circuit which has definitely made the car more competitive. I hope that with this progression forward that we can do well here, especially as this our only visit to North America and we have plenty of guests and sponsors supporting us."

-source: williams

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Rubens Barrichello , Nico Hulkenberg
Teams Williams