The final day of the Williams F1 teams Bahrain test would see the team run newly signed test driver Felipe Nasr on the day. the Brazilian would complete an impressive 87 laps on a day that saw him get his first taste of Formula One.
22:02:2014 Day Four
Chassis / Engine: FW36-02 / PU106A Hybrid
Location: Bahrain International Circuit 5.412km
Objectives: Reliability, aero evaluations and mileage for Nasr
Weather: Hot and Sunny Maximum air & track temps: 26ºC / 37ºC
The final day of the Williams F1 teams Bahrain test would see new signing
Felipe Nasr have the opportunity of running in the FW36. One the side pod of
the car was the logo of new sponsor Banco do Brasil. Felipe would head out
onto the track and his first effort would see a 1m:42.194. He would improve
with a 1m:40.026 seeing him second followed by further improvement 1m:39.760
but this was three seconds slower than the current quickest time of Rosberg
with a 1m:36.237. With an hour of the session completed Nasr's first run for
Williams was really about allow the new test and reserve driver some F1
track time. The team said that they were carrying out aero work this
Watching over proceedings was Felipe Massa who despite having completed his
driving duties was still in attendance. Felipe Nasr had completed eleven
laps in the first hour and a half. Felipe would continue to circulate the
track finding some improvement in his times almost in the 1m:38s. After over
three hours he had completed forty laps with his best time a 1m:39.036.
drivers Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas looked on from the pit wall. Nasr
was running on the hard tyre after an initial run on the medium tyre, most
likely used the previous day. After a stoppage Nasr would return to the
track with it been confirmed that he would be doing the whole days testing.
As the day approached the period of the lunch break Nasr would pit having
completed forty seven laps.
With two and a half hours remaining Nasr had completed fifty six laps with
the team running their afternoon programme. Felipe would return to the track
and he would continue to improve moving into the 1m:37s with a 1m:37.569 to
be fourth but some four seconds off the quickest time of Rosberg with a
1m:33.283, but it was the Brazilians first run in a F1 car. As the afternoon
drew to a close Felipe continued to circulate around the track, completing
seventy four laps. Felipe would changed to the medium tyre for his final
runs but would be hampered by several red flags. With the end of the day
Felipe would complete an impressive eighty seven laps..
Rod Nelson, Chief Test & Support Engineer: We had Felipe Nasr in the
car today. He did a very good job for us. We were keen for him to get some
experience of the FW36 under his belt as it’s important that he gets up to
speed quickly so he can help us with the development of the car. He had a
very sensible measured approach so we are happy with what we have seen so
far. He gives good feedback, works well with his engineers and is also
quick, and so we couldn’t ask for more and are also looking forward to
running him at some races this season. Once again, were it not for the red
flags we would have clocked up over 100 laps for the third day running, so
that is a further positive. Overall, it has been a successful test covering
most of our reliability work. We can now start to push on performance all
the way up to Melbourne.
Felipe Nasr: I am very happy to have driven a Formula 1 car for the
first time, and reaching 87 laps made it also a very productive day. There
were so many things going through my head before sitting in the car. It was
what I was expecting though: very different to any other car I have ever
driven with the amount of downforce, brake efficiency and the power. It was
a learning process for me, but I was giving feedback to the engineers all
day and I think we found some good things. I’m so pleased to have had this
opportunity and I am now looking forward to the next time.
Driver Team Best Time Best / Total Laps
1 N Rosberg Mercedes AMG Petronas 1:33.282 21 / 89
2 J Button McLaren Mercedes 1:34.957 31 / 66
3 K Raikkonen Scuderia Ferrari 1:36.718 39 / 82
4 F Nasr Williams 1:37.569 68 / 87
5 P Maldonado Lotus 1:38.707 47 / 59
6 S Perez Sahara Force India 1:39.258 14 / 19
7 D Ricciardo Infiniti Red Bull 1:39.837 7 / 15
8 J E Vergne Toro Rosso 1:40.472 10 / 19
9 K Kobayashi Caterham F1 Team 1:43.027 12 / 17
10 M Ericsson Caterham F1 Team 1:45.094 3 / 4
11 A Sutil Sauber F1 Team No Time 0 / 7
12 J Bianchi Marussia No Time 0 / 5
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