Circuit: Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.4.428km Objective: Set-up work and slick tyre development in preparation for 2009. Weather: Sunny and dry. Average air temperature: 10C Sam Michael, Technical Director, ...
Circuit: Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.4.428km
Objective: Set-up work and slick tyre development in preparation for 2009.
Weather: Sunny and dry. Average air temperature: 10C
Sam Michael, Technical Director, Williams F1:
"During this week's test we worked on further set-up changes to progress our understanding of the slick tyres and new aerodynamic rules to which we'll all be operating in 2009."
"It was a good test for the team in Jerez. My two days were probably more productive than those earlier in the week as the conditions were more consistent and therefore conducive to testing. We managed to cover a lot of ground, mainly on some important mechanical developments for `09, and for which we got some clear results which is good. We also spent time learning the new aero components and the slick tyres. I covered a lot of laps on both days which is always useful and we had no reliability issues, which is great considering how many new parts we're running. Overall it was a positive test."
"It was an interesting test because it was my first experience of the modified FW30 and the slick tyres. It's been more than a month since I've driven the car as well so it was nice to be back in the cockpit. Unfortunately, we had a few technical problems on Tuesday and the weather wasn't great so my track time was a little limited. Despite that, it was all good preparation for next week's test when I'll go back to Jerez for two days in the car."
"It was really good to get another test with the team under my belt and a good opportunity for me to increase my confidence. The day started with bad weather so conditions were quite difficult to begin with and, as I was the only driver out on track, it was quite difficult to get the temperature into the tyres. When the track did start to dry out, though, conditions improved and it became easier to drive. We covered everything that the engineers wanted us to and returned some positive feedback so I'm happy with the job I did."