The AT&T Williams team completed the first test of the year today. Kazuki Nakajima was joined by the team's new test driver, Nico Hulkenberg, on the third and final day of the test session in Jerez, Spain.
On an intermittently wet track, the pairing continued with the team's off season development programme, carrying out systems checks, work on the new ECU and transmission evaluation.
With the pre-season testing period entering its most rigourous stage prior to the first race in Australia in March, the team head straight to Valencia for three further days of running next week during which time the FW30 will make its debut.
K Nakajima: 1:20.758 (57 laps) 9th
N Hulkenberg: 1:24.023 (65 laps) 13th
Sam Michael , Technical Director: At Jerez we concluded a three day test with all our drivers working on the reliability of the 2008 transmission. We also continued work on electronic set-up for the standard ECU. Next week we'll be in Valencia with our new car.
Kazuki Nakajima : This week's testing was quite badly affected by the weather conditions. It was wet for most of day one and then for half of the session today as well. Apart from that, it's been a productive three days for us. I've tried out many new things on the interim car which will be transferred over to the FW30, but I still need to do some work to get everything right. We're running the new car next week and I'm really looking forward to driving it for the first time.