The Williams F1 team would complete their second day of testing at the Circuit de Catalunya with both Pastor Maldonado and Bruno Senna present. The day would get off to a poor start when Pastor would stop out on the circuit with an engine related problem. Once this was resolved the team would spend a great part of the day practicing pit stops.
Maldonado / Bruno Senna
Chassis / engine FW34-02 / RS27-5341/1
Location Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona 4.655km
Objectives Pitstop practice
Weather Dry and sunny all day
Ambient & track temps 23ºC / 31ºC
With a delay due to fog it would not be until nearly an hour after the
official start that Pastor Maldon would come out for his installation lap.
The Williams F1 team would be splitting their driving duties with Pastor
running in the morning and Bruno after lunch. With the drivers limited to
just installation laps due to the weather conditions we would see Pastor go
out only to stop at Turn five, causing a red flag. His car would be brought
back in on the back of a truck and it would be a further two hours before we
would see Pastor return to the track. It was later confirmed that Pastor's
problem was engine related. On his return his first lap would be a 1m:26.839
and he set about completing a further five laps. His second lap of this run
would see a 1m:25.801.
After having completed just ten laps and with the time near 12PM it would
look like Pastor was not going to get any large amount of tarck time. In the
lead-up to the lunch break Pastor would have another three runs but would
not set any times during these. With lunch arriving Pastor had only
completed twenty laps with only a small number of those timed.
After the lunch break it would be at least forty five minutes before Bruno
Senna would take to the track. He would complete just three timed laps but
his times were in the 1m:25s, his quickest been 1m:25.111. His times were
done on the hard tyre. After a fifteen minute pit stop Bruno would return to
the track again for only a few timed laps. One of these was a 1m:24.925
followed by times in the 1m:25s. He would pit and after a further fifteen
minute stop would return to the track to again complete three timed laps,
these been in the 1m:27s and 1m:26s. Bruno would complete some practice pit
stops, going out only to return to the pits stop and go out again. With just
over an two hour remaining Bruno had only completed twenty four laps.
The last part of the day would see Bruno complete a short series of laps
setting times from the 1m:30s to a 1m:25.800. Once this was completed we
would see Bruno complete a lengthy pit stop practice, taking to the track
and pitting well over twelve times. Of the forty eight laps that Bruno would
complete only twelve would be timed.
Mark Gillan, Chief Operations Engineer: Today the team concentrated on
practicing our pit stops, completing 68 mostly in- and out-laps to get the
drivers and pit crew used to the new equipment and procedures. Pastor's
morning session was compromised with an engine-related problem which,
although easy to rectify, took some time to identify. Bruno's running in the
afternoon was trouble free.
Pastor Maldonado: Our focus today was on pitstop practice, which is
important to do before we get into a live race situation. Getting a clean,
fast pitstop involves a combination of factors from both the team and
driver. From my side, I have to position the car correctly in the box, get a
good pull away from the stop and make sure I have clean in- and out-laps. We
are trying many different things to improve all of these areas.
Bruno Senna: This afternoon was great as we did a lot of practice to
understand our pitstop performance as a team. It is very important to
practice as you come in at 100kph, the speed you would do on a motorway, and
jump into a space just the size of the car. There is a lot of time to be
made, and races can be decided by pitstops. I think we’ve really improved
our performance today. I’m now looking forward to doing some stops in a
race, and to being quick and precise when the pressure is on.
The Williams F1 Team will be back on track tomorrow, Saturday 3 March, with
Bruno Senna driving the FW34 for the third day of the test.
DRIVER TEAM TIME BEST / TOTAL LAPS
1 R Grosjean Lotus F1 Team 1:22.614 120 / 124
2 J E Vergne Toro Rosso 1:23.126 28 / 45
3 S Vettel Red Bull Racing 1:23.361 50 / 85
4 F Alonso Ferrari 1:23.447 10 / 125
5 H Kovalainen Caterham F1 Team 1:23.828 32 / 104
6 K Kobayashi Sauber F1 Team 1:23.836 47 / 77
7 N Hulkenberg Sahara Force India 1:23.893 31 / 36
8 M Schumacher Mercedes 1:23.978 52 / 79
9 L Hamilton McLaren Mercedes 1:24.111 29 / 65
10 B Senna Williams F1 Team 1:24.925 10 / 48
11 P Maldonado Williams F1 Team 1:25.801 5 / 20
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