The Willliams Martini team would complete the opening day of the second week of pre-season testing. It would be a successful one with Felipe Massa finishing quickest while he was also able to complete 168 laps during the day. After struggling a bit with the damage to the FW40 in the previous weeks testthe day was one that allowed the Williams team to get back on track as they prepare for the first race in Australia.
Test 07:03:2017 Day One
Chassis / Engine: FW40-01 / Mercedes-AMG F1 M08 EQ Power+
Location: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, 4.655km
Weather: Warm and Dry
Maximum air & track temps: 20ºC / 26ºC
The opening day of the second week of pre-season testing would see Felipe
Massa out for the Williams Martini team. Felipe would take to the track
early in the FW40 looking to recover lost time from the first week of
testing. Quickest in the early stages would be Hamilton with a 1m:28.202 but
Vettel would quickly pass this with a 1m:25.231 but would improve on this
with a 1m:23.298. Felipe had pitted and it would not be until the second
half hour that he would come back out. Felipe was on the soft tyre and would
set a 1m:23.334. Felipe would continue to put in laps and was able to get
into the 1m22s with a 1m:22.927, to be half a second behind Vettel.
Vettel would lower his quickest time with a 1m:22.235 running on the soft
tyre. He would lower his quickest time with a 1m:21.912 but Ricciardo was
able to set a 1m:20.964 also on the soft tyre to go quickest. He had
previously set a 1m:21.233 but was able to find further time. Felipe was
back in his pit at this time having completed seventeen laps. Felipe was now
third but would drop down one place to be behind Vandoorne, also on the soft
tyre. Vettel was seen running on a set of unmarked Pirelli tyres in his
first run. Ricciardo would improve with a 1m:20.964 with an hour and a
quarter of the morning session run. Hamilton was now in this with a
1m:22.063 also on the soft tyre.
Felipe would return to the track and would continue to lap the circuit and
was able to improve with a 1m:21.867 to be second. Having complete thirty
laps Felipe would pit ending his longer run. Ricciardo was able to lower his
quickest time with a 1m:20.790. Hamilton would also improve moving into
second with a 1m:21.080. Felipe was now in third with just under two hours
completed. On the medium tyre Vettel was able to move ahead of Felipe with a
1m:21.321. Felipe would return to the track still on the soft tyre and would
improve with a 1m:21.617. AS the morning progressed Ricciardo would improve
with a 1m:20.077 while Felipe would also find time with a 1m:20.308, both on
the soft tyre.
Felipe would pit and his next run would see him return this time on the
super soft tyre. He would finish with a time of 1m:20.084 to be just behind
Ricciardo with an hour remaining in the morning session. Felipe had now
complete fifty laps and after a short stop would return this time on the
supersoft tyre and would complete a few laps prior to pitting again. He
would set the best final sector time but the rest of his lap would not see
him improve. His next run would see him again on the super soft tyre and he
was able to move ahead of Ricciardo with a 1m:19.726. This time was just two
hundredths off the quickest time set by Bottas the week before. His time is
even more impressive given he was on super soft's. Felipe's next run was on
the medium tyre while Ricciardo would improve with a 1m:19.900 running on
the ultra soft tyre. Hamilton was third with a 1m:20.456 set on the soft
tyre as the morning session came to an end.
With the start of the afternoon session Vettel would be the first of the
front runners to improve setting a 1m:20.387 to be third. In his first
afternoon run Felipe would return on the soft tyre and would return to his
pit with ninety laps completed. Vettel would also move into the 1m:19s with
a 1m:19.986 to be two tenths behind Felipe but still third in the times. As
the afternoon progressed Felipe would pass the one hundred lap mark showing
some good reliability from the FW40. With an hour remaining Felipe would
pass the one hundred and thirty seven lap mark. He would complete the day
with one hundred and sixty eight laps completed. The afternoon runs would
see Felipe focus on the medium tyre in what was a productive days testing
for the Williams team.
Williams Martini Racing returns to track tomorrow with Felipe Massa in the
morning session and Lance Stroll in the afternoon session.
Rod Nelson, Chief Test & Support Engineer:
It was an excellent day for the team today. We were a little on the back
foot after the first test, so we modified our test programme to make up for
some of the lost track time, and cover as much work as we could . We did
this successfully and completed our programme on schedule. We planned for
165 laps and we’ve done slightly better than that with 168, so we’re very
happy. We got some really significant testing done today.
It was a very long day but it was definitely a great one for the team. We
managed to do 168 laps so for the car, the team, and the reliability, it was
definitely a great day. We did everything we were supposed to do. It’s
always nice when you finish a day of testing and you’ve done everything that
you planned to do, including completing a race distance. Our lap times were
also competitive, which is always a good feeling. We’re still at the
beginning of the year and there’s so many things to do and to understand, to
figure out where we are compared to the others, but it’s definitely a very
positive day. I’m happy with all of the laps that I did and the job that the
whole team did today was great.
Driver Team Time Laps
1. F. Massa WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING 1:19.726 56 / 168
2. D. Ricciardo Red Bull Racing 1:19.900 45 / 89
3. S. Vettel Scuderia Ferrari 1:19.906 108 / 168
4. L. Hamilton Mercedes AMG Motorsport 1:20.456 35 / 49
5. V. Bottas Mercedes AMG Motorsport 1:20.924 72 / 86
6. E. Ocon Force India F1 Team 1:21.347 56 / 142
7. N. Hulkenberg Renault Sport F1 Team 1:21.589 25 / 58
8. K. Magnussen Haas F1 Team 1:21.676 36 / 81
9. D. Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:21.743 70 / 83
10. S. Vandoorne McLaren 1:22.537 45 / 80
11. P. Wehrlein Sauber F1 Team 1:23.336 37 / 47
12. M. Ericsson Sauber F1 Team 1:23.630 13 / 53
13. J. Palmer Renault Sport F1 Team 1:24.790 8 / 15
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