Barcelona Test Day Three
Driver Rubens Barrichello / Pastor Maldonado
Chassis / engine FW33-01 / CA321 in the morning / CA225 in the afternoon
Location Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona 4.655km
Objectives Race simulation, mileage for Pastor Maldonado
Weather Cloudy and dry in the morning, some sunshine in the afternoon
Ambient & track temps 16C / 22C
Sam Michael, Technical Director: Rubens completed a race distance this morning, which marked the end of his winter test programme. The mileage and input he has given towards setting up the FW33 has been invaluable to the team. We had an oil leak on the engine at lunchtime before Pastor took over for the afternoon. As it was high mileage, we chose to change it. We achieved most of our programme today and it looks like we'll be into some wet running tomorrow. We will continue to run in Barcelona without KERS, but everyone's pushing to ensure we have it on the car for Melbourne.
Rubens Barrichello: I did a race simulation this morning on some new tyres. The car felt OK but we are still not quite where we want to be just yet.
Pastor Maldonado: We lost some time while we changed the engine and then during the installation lap we had another minor engine problem. In the end I only did one long run but the most important thing was that I got to drive the car with the new aero package which does feel better. Hopefully we will get a full day of running in tomorrow.
AT&T Williams will be back on track tomorrow, Saturday 12 March, with Pastor Maldonado driving the FW33 for the final day of the test.