Williams Japanese GP - Suzuka Friday practice report

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Objectives P1
• Testing of upgrade components

Objectives P2
• Continued evaluation of FW33 upgrades
• Tyre runs and set-up work

Pastor Maldonado, Williams F1 Team
Pastor Maldonado, Williams F1 Team

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Mark Gillan, Chief Operations Engineer


We’ve had a difficult start to the weekend with not as much running as we had hoped for. Accordingly, we have now revised the running plan going into P3. We did improve the set-up between sessions one and two with some aero development and mechanical adjustments on the cars.

Rubens Barrichello


I had limited running today which was unfortunate. In this morning’s session, a puncture cut my session short and then an off this afternoon also put me out early. The car felt quite loose before the incident and so we have a lot of things to look into now.

Pastor Maldonado


An engine problem caused me to stop early in P2. It’s my first time at Suzuka so I really need some more laps. We’ll have our work cut out in tomorrow’s final session.

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Series FORMULA 1
Drivers Rubens Barrichello , Pastor Maldonado
Teams Williams
Tags barrichelo, japanese gp, maldonado, michael, suzuka, williams