Pastor Maldonado took the Williams F1 Renault car out on the Circuit de Catalunya in the morning test session, and handed the FW35 over to Valtteri Bottas for the afternoon runs. Between the two, they logged 147 laps.
Mike Coughlan, Technical Director: It’s been a very good day for us. We’ve completed two race simulations and both drivers were happy with their individual programmes. We’re really pleased with the reliability we have shown this week, having completed 147 laps with the FW35 today, 331 laps in total so far this week. We feel we have got a good car to now start developing and we look forward to continuing tomorrow.
Valtteri Bottas: We started the afternoon with some shorter runs but we still haven’t seen the full potential of the FW35. I have been able to improve some things in my driving since yesterday, but there are still things I can work on compared to Pastor. We then completed a race simulation. Unfortunately it was cut a little short due to the red flag at the end, but we were still able to try all the tyre compounds and I was able to get a good feeling for how the tyres behave. Overall, the car feels really nice on the longer runs, which is promising.
Wednesday 21 February, 2013
Driver: Pastor Maldonado (morning) & Valtteri Bottas (afternoon)
Chassis / engine: FW35-01 / RS27-5409/3
Location: Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona 4.655km
Objectives: Set-up work, tyre testing and race simulations
Weather: Dry and cloudy
Air & track temps: 6-13ºC / 9-28ºC
The Williams F1 Team will be back on track tomorrow, Friday 22 February, with Valtteri Bottas driving in the morning session and Pastor Maldonado driving the afternoon session for the final day of the test.