By Andrew Hooper - Williams F1 Team
February 23 2012
The second day of the Williams F1 teams Barcelona test would see Valterri Bpottas take over the driving duties from Bruno Senna. Valterri would work on general car setup as well as becoming familiar with a typical Friday practice session.
Chassis / engine FW34-01 / RS27-5281/1
Location Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona 4.655km
Objectives Set-up work and tyre comparison runs
Weather Dry and sunny all day
Ambient & track temps 19ºC / 26ºC
The second day
of the Williams F1 teams Barcelona test would see Valtteri Bottas replace
Bruno Senna in the cockpit. Valtteri would come out for a slow installation
lap setting a 1m:32.976. He would pit and after a short break return to
complete six laps running in times from the 1m:32s through to the 1m:29s. He
would pit and after a fifteen minute break would return to again complete a
series of laps running in similar times. He would pit, appearing to be
following a very similar test schedule to Bruno from the day before.
Valtteri would return to the track and on his next run his times would come
down to the 1m:26s and 1m:27s. He would complete ten laps before pitting
again. Fifteen minutes later he was back out for another ten laps gain
setting times in the 1m:26s and 1m:27s. Up to this point he had completed
forty five laps. His quickest time so far was a 1m:26.250. This would be
around half a second slower than Bruno's time from the first day. His next
series of laps would see Valtteri set his quickest lap so far a 1m:25.858.
Again he would complete ten laps with the rest of his laps in the 1m:26s and
1m:27s. In his final run before the lunch break Valtteri would complete
further ten laps setting times in the 1m:27s. At the lunch break he had
complete sixty nine laps. Quickest at this time was Hulkenberg with a
1m:22.608, from Perez and Vettel.
After the lunch break Valtteri would return to the track for six laps
setting somewhat slow times ranging from the 1m:30s through to the 1m:35s.
He would pit very briefly to return to the track for what would be a longer
run with times ranging from the 1m:26s to the 1m:29s. He would pit after
completing eighty nine laps. Valtteri was proving to be very consistent in
his laps times, even if he was still some three seconds off the quickest
times. Another ten laps run from Valtteri seeing him complete over one
hundred laps. Valtteri was on the softer tyre in his latest run. He would
remain in his pit for a lengthy period of time as the day drew to a close.
The afternoon runs seemed to be longer for the majority of drivers as they
appeared to be conducting race simulations.
With only forty minutes left in the day Valtteri had yet to return to the
track. But with half an hour remaining Valtteri would come back out again
and on his first lap set a 1m:25.738, his fastest time of the day. He would
complete an eight lap run prior to pitting again. Just before the end of the
day he would complete just two laps seeing him complete one hundred and
seventeen laps in total.
Mark Gillan, Chief Operations Engineer: Valtteri did a good job today
completing 117 laps without issue, working on general car set-up with a run
plan tailored around familiarising him with a typical Friday P1 race
Valtteri Bottas: I really enjoyed today. It was great to get back in
the car as I have been waiting for this day since I took part in the young
driver test in Abu Dhabi last year. The FW34 again showed good reliability,
as we completed 117 laps while doing some interesting tests with the car
set-up. I’m looking forward to assisting the team at race weekends this
season and can’t wait to drive the car again.
The Williams F1 Team will be back on track tomorrow, Thursday 23 February,
with Pastor Maldonado driving the FW34 for the third day of the test.
DRIVER TEAM TIME BEST / TOTAL LAPS
1 N Hulkenberg Sahara Force India 1:22.608 54 / 112
2 S Perez Sauber F1 Team 1:22.648 48 / 85
3 S Vettel Red Bull Racing 1:22.891 27 / 104
4 F Alonso Ferrari 1:23.180 75 / 87
5 D Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1:23.639 41 / 49
6 L Hamilton McLaren Mercedes 1:23.806 49 / 121
7 N Rosberg Mercedes 1:24.555 45 / 82
8 V Bottas Williams F1 Team 1:25.738 103 / 117
9 V Petrov Caterham F1 Team 1:26.605 15 / 69
10 C Pic Marussia 1:27.343 106 / 109
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