By Andrew Hooper - Williams F1 Team
February 22 2012
The Williams F1 team would complete a productive day of testing at the Barcelona circuit with the team working through various parts of their test programme, including a detailed aero correlation test. Bruno Senna was behind the wheel for the days testing, completing ninety seven laps.
Chassis / engine FW34-01 / RS27-5281/1
Location Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona 4.655km
Objectives Aero correlation tests and set-up work
Weather Dry and sunny all day
Ambient & track temps 17ºC / 24ºC
On a cold but sunny day the Williams F1 team would commence their second
pre-season test, this time at the Catalunya circuit near Barcelona. The
first days testing would be in the hands of Bruno Senna as he took to the
track for the first time in the FW34. He
would complete his first timed lap setting a time in the 1m:57s. He would
pit and shortly return to the track. His FW34 was running with an
aerodynamic sensor attached between the right front wheel and the sidepod.
He would set a 1m:51.132 after having completed
six laps. He would again pit to return after one hour of the session. He
would come down the main straight setting a very sedate 179 km/h. Bruno
would set times in the 1m:47s prior to pitting again. After nearly forty
minutes in his pit he would return to the track.
Immediately his times would drop setting a 1m:29.480 on his first lap. This
would be followed by a 1m:27.626. Quickest time at this point was Vettel
with a 1m:24.348. The session would be red flagged when the Caterham of
Kovalainen would spin requiring it to be
trucked back to the pits. The session would restart while for Williams prior
to the stoppage Bruno had set a 1m:27.051. He would return to the track
while Vettel had set a 1m:24.260 remaining fastest from Hamilton and
Schumacher. He would again pit and after a
short break would return for another series of laps setting times in the
1m:28s through to 1m:30s. He would pit after twenty nine laps and again
after a quick stay in the pits would return for a further seven laps. Bruno
would pit and again return to complete a further series of laps during which
he would set a 1m:16.188, his fastest time of the day so far. After this
series of laps he would pit and after a fifteen minute break would return
setting times in the 1m:28s. At this time Vettel had lowered his quickest
time with a 1m:23.343 to see Bruno 2.8 seconds off the pace.
As the session drew towards the lunch break Bruno had completed fifty five
laps, pitting for lunch. With the restart of the practice it would be forty
five minutes before Bruno would return to the track. His next set of laps
would see his times again drop down into the 1m:26s but he would pit after
just four laps. Sixty two laps completed and after a short stop Bruno would
return to the track. He would continue to set times in the 1m:26s. His next
lap time would be a 1m:26.211 pitting after seventy three laps. We would
again see a short stay in the pits for Bruno and upon his return to the
track he would set his quickest time of the day so far, a 1m:25.775. Despite
this time he would still be over two and a half seconds off the quickest
time set by Vettel, 1m:23.265. Despite not been on the pace of the quickest
times Bruno's lap times during the day were still matching those of other
Bruno's next sequence of laps would see him in the 1m:26s as he completed
eighty four laps. During this time second placed Hamilton was setting times
in the 1m:28s while fourth placed Ricciardo was setting times in the 1m:30s.
Bruno would pit on lap eighty five,
with just over an hour remaining in the days testing. This was as a result
of another red flag, this time for a stoped Torro Rosso.
With the restart
of the session Bruno would return to the track and would make a small gain
setting a 1m:25.711. After a ten lap run he would pit. At the end of the day
Bruno would complete ninety seven laps, finishing eighth in the times.
Mark Gillan, Chief Operations Engineer: Bruno was on track today as
we began the penultimate test before heading off to the first race of the
season. We completed 97 laps around Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya,
working successfully through a detailed aero
correlation test programme in the morning before moving on to car set-up
optimisation, utilising a range of tyre compounds throughout the afternoon.
We continue tomorrow with Valtteri in the FW34 before Pastor takes over for
the final two days.
Bruno Senna: It has been a very interesting day working with
different set-ups to assess the reliability of the FW34. We need to keep
working hard to understand the car even better. The team will continue
working over the next few days with Valtteri and
Pastor, as we look to improve both pace and consistency.
The Williams F1 Team will be back on track tomorrow, Wednesday 22 February,
with Valtteri Bottas driving the FW34 for the second day of the test.
DRIVER TEAM TIME BEST / TOTAL LAPS
1 S Vettel Red Bull Racing 1:23.265 50 / 79
2 N Hulkenberg Sahara Force India 1:23.440 32 / 97
3 L Hamilton McLaren Mercedes 1:23.590 38 / 114
4 D Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1:23.618 42 / 76
5 F Alonso Ferrari 1:24.100 15 / 75
6 M Schumacher Mercedes 1:24.150 25 / 51
7 S Perez Sauber F1 Team 1:24.219 24 / 66
8 B Senna Williams F1 Team 1:25.711 88 / 97
9 H Kovalainen Caterham F1 Team 1:26.035 25 / 31
10 R Grosjean Lotus F1 Team 1:26.809 6 / 7
11 C Pic Marussia F1 Team 1:28.026 119 / 121
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