Our focus today was on pitstop practice, which is important to do before we get into a live race situation. Getting a clean, fast pitstop involves a combination of factors from both the team and driver. From my side, I have to position the car correctly in the box, get a good pull away from the stop and make sure I have clean in- and out-laps. We are trying many different things to improve all of these areas.
This afternoon was great as we did a lot of practice to understand our pitstop performance as a team. It is very important to practice as you come in at 100kph, the speed you would do on a motorway, and jump into a space just the size of the car. There is a lot of time to be made, and races can be decided by pitstops. I think we’ve really improved our performance today. I’m now looking forward to doing some stops in a race, and to being quick and precise when the pressure is on.
Mark Gillan, Chief Operations Engineer:
Today the team concentrated on practicing our pit stops, completing 68 mostly in- and out-laps to get the drivers and pit crew used to the new equipment and procedures. Pastor's morning session was compromised with an engine-related problem which, although easy to rectify, took some time to identify. Bruno's running in the afternoon was trouble free.
The Williams F1 Team will be back on track tomorrow, Saturday 3 March, with Bruno Senna driving the FW34 for the third day of the test.
Driver: Pastor Maldonado / Bruno Senna
Chassis / engine: FW34-02 / RS27-5341/1
Location: Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona 4.655km
Objectives: Pitstop practice
Weather: Dry and sunny all day
Ambient & track temps: 23ºC / 31ºC