The second day of the Williams F1 teams Barcelona test would see Valtteri Bottas replaced Pastor Maldonado. Valtteri would continue testing the new FW35 and by the end of the day he was confident that the team has made a step forward from the 2012 car.
20:02:2013 Day Two
Chassis / engine: FW35-01 / RS27-5253/3
Location: Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona 4.655km
Objectives: Aero evaluations, tyre testing and component checks
Weather: Dry and sunny all day
Air & track temps: 4-16ºC / 10-35ºC
With Pastor Maldonado completing the opening day of the Williams F1` teams
Barcelona Test it would be the turn of Valtteri Bottas to take the wheel of
the new FW35. The morning session would see the team focus on aerodynamic
work including trialling various front wings. Valtteri first runs in the car
were single slower laps prior to pitting. Later in the morning he would
again do several short runs with his bets lap time a 1m:26.444 on lap
twelve. After these runs he had completed twenty six laps. After a short
break Valtteri would return to conduct a series of runs each of three timed
laps. His best lap time was a 1m:25.773.
After twenty minutes Valtteri would complete two runs of five laps with his
best time a 1m:24.458. At this time he had completed fifty laps and just
before lunch he would set his quickest time of the morning with a single
timed lap of 1m:23.561 running on the soft tyre. This would see him 1.364
seconds of the quickest time so far set by Vettel with a 1m:22.197 also on the softer tyre. The afternoon runs would
now focus on tyre and setup work. Valtteri would see the FW35 as an
improvement over last years car with better traction.
After the lunch break Valtteri would return and complete two three timed lap
runs with a break in between. During this time Perez would set a new
quickest time with a 1m:21.848 running on soft tyres. In the same test last
year the best soft tyre lap was a 1m:22.312. Vettel was second from Hamilton
and Alonso. Valtteri's next run would see him complete a longer run of
fourteen laps with a bets time of 1m:32.469. He would pit having completed
seventy eight laps. He would remain in the pits for a lengthy period but
would return for another longer run with lap times in the 1m:33s. He would
complete ninety laps prior to pitting as a result of a red flag. He would
finish the day having completed ninety eight laps.
Mike Coughlan, Technical Director: It was a trouble-free day for us with
Valtteri completing close to 100 laps, so we are pleased with the
reliability of the FW35. Valtteri confirmed the potential of the car posting
some competitive times throughout the day. After initially concentrating on
aero testing, our focus then switched to set-up work and the tyres this afternoon. We are pleased with the progress
we are making as a team and we have a good direction to continuing
developing the car ahead of the season.
Valtteri Bottas: I had a really strong first impression of the FW35 today.
Once we completed the aero work this morning I was able to complete my first
proper run to feel the FW35 and the improvements we have made. Straight out
of the box I knew we had made a step forward from last year, and I am
looking forward to working to develop the car even further. It’s great to
know we have a really good base to start from but there are still a number
of areas we can improve, so I’m really excited for the season ahead.
The Williams F1 Team will be back on track tomorrow, Thursday 21 February, with Pastor
Maldonado driving in the morning session and Valtteri Bottas driving the
afternoon session for the third day of the test.
DRIVER TEAM TIME BEST / TOTAL LAPS
1 S Perez McLaren Mercedes 1:21.848 45 / 97
2 S Vettel Red Bull Racing 1:22.197 42 / 84
3 K Raikkonen Lotus F1 Team 1:22.697 7 / 43
4 L Hamilton Mercedes 1:22.726 52 / 121
5 F Alonso Ferrari 1:23.247 23 / 76
6 V Bottas Williams F1 Team 1:23.561 52 / 98
7 D Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1:23.718 40 / 70
8 P Di Resta Force India 1:23.971 38 / 62
9 N Hulkenberg Sauber F1 Team 1:24.205 46 / 88
10 C Pic Caterham F1 Team 1:26.243 61 / 67
11 M Chilton Marussia 1:28.900 54 / 102
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