The Williams F1 team would complete their pre-season testing with both Bruno Senna and Pastor Maldonado sharing the driving on the last day. The team would run with various updates to the car in what would be a productive days testing. Now the team prepares for the opening race in Australia.
04:03:2012 Day Four
Senna / Pastor Maldonado
Chassis / engine: FW34-02 / RS27-5341/1
Location: Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona 4.655km
Objectives: Aero correlation tests and set-up work
Weather: Dry and sunny in morning, overcast in afternoon
Ambient & track temps: 22ºC / 26ºC
The final day of the Williams F1 teams Barcelona test would see the driving
shared between Bruno Senna, in the morning, and Pastor Maldonado later in
the day. Bruno would complete an installation lap but it would be thirty
minutes later until Bruno would return to the track. Bruno's first lap would
be a 1m:28.599. Bruno would lower his lap times moving into the 1m:25s,
1m:25.601. His next lap would be in the 1m:26s prior to pitting. Senna was
running on unmarked tyres from Pirelli. After a short ten minute stop Bruno
would return to the track and after one lap would lower his times into the
1m:23s, setting a new quickest time of 1m:23.425, still running on unmarked
tyres. Each team had been given two extra sets of these unmarked tyres,
which have come from an unidentified Pirelli facility rather than the usual
one in Turkey.
Bruno's next lap was a 1m:25.498 and after thirteen laps he would pit again.
Another ten minutes in the pits and Bruno would return to again complete
four timed laps with his quickest time been a 1m:22.663. The other laps were
all in the 1m:23s and 1m:25s. Fastest at this time was Alonso with a
1m:22.477. Bruno would return to the track after twenty minutes and would
have a lockup at Turn one as he started his first flying lap. Bruno would
complete another two runs both only four timed laps. It would be on the
second that he would set a 1m:22.296. For these runs he was on the soft
tyre. The only driver faster was Alonso with a 1m:22.250.
After these two short runs Bruno would come back, this time on the medium
tyres, and would commence a longer run of eight laps with his times starting
in the 1m:27s dropping off the 1m:29s prior to pitting. After ten minutes
Bruno would return to the track again completing a longer run of ten laps
starting in the 1m:28s and finishing in the 1m:30s, averaging a 1m:29.840.
Bruno would complete his test programme for the morning now it was Pastors
After a two hour break, to allow the mechanics to prepare for Pastor's time
out on the track Pastor would take to the track. The first hour and a half
of his time on the track would see him complete a series of four three lap
runs. It would be on the last of these that Pastor would set his quickest
time, a 1m:23.347. The first run was on hard tyres, the second on the
medium, the third and fourth on the super soft's. Pastor was still a
considerable margin behind team-mate Bruno. Bruno's quickest time was a
1m:22.296 compared to Pastor with a 1m:23.347.
There would be
short delay as the session was red flagged leaving around eighty minutes
left in the day and in pre-season testing. Pastor would return to the track
with seventy minutes remaining. His first lap was a 1m:30.229 followed by a
series in the 1m:29s. Pastor would complete fourteen laps with his times
dropping off to be in the 1m:32s on his final two laps. Pastor would return
to the track with only a few minutes remaining and would pit after a handful
of laps ending the Williams team pre-season testing.
Mark Gillan, Chief Operations Engineer: We had another good test day
to end what has been a very productive pre-season test programme. We
successfully ran the first race update package this morning with Bruno, and
switched drivers to Pastor over the lunch break. The wind picked up
throughout the day, making the afternoon conditions a lot trickier than
those encountered in the morning. Over the last three tests we have
completed all of our primary testing objectives and now eagerly turn our
attentions towards the back-to-back opening races in Australia and Malaysia.
Bruno Senna: We had a productive morning completing a number of tyre
tests and aero runs. It has been interesting to see the car developing.
Overall we’ve had a good few days of running here in Barcelona. We are still
improving, but I feel we are in a solid position to go to Australia.
Pastor Maldonado: We completed some good runs this afternoon and
ended our test programme without issue. I’m feeling positive, and ready for
DRIVER TEAM TIME BEST / TOTAL LAPS
1 K Raikkonen Lotus F1 Team 1:22.030 40 / 121
2 F Alonso Ferrari 1:22.250 21 / 116
3 B Senna Williams F1 Team 1:22.296 27 / 53
4 N Hulkenberg Sahara Force India 1:22.312 44 / 101
5 K Kobayashi Sauber F1 Team 1:22.386 47 / 72
6 L Hamilton McLaren Mercedes 1:22.430 47 / 115
7 V Petrov Caterham F1 Team 1:22.795 42 / 101
8 M Schumacher Mercedes 1:22.939 50 / 100
9 P Maldonado Williams F1 Team 1:23.347 17 / 48
10 D Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1:23.393 29 / 100
11 S Vettel Red Bull Racing 1:23.608 8 / 23
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