On a day that saw both Williams drivers run the Williams Martini team would complete another productive day of testing. Both drivers would complete 122 laps in total with Felipe Massa finishing 2nd and Lance Stroll 5th. For Felipe it was another productive day as the team worked through their test programme. For Lance his day was not marred by any incidents and he was able to experience the softer compunds tyres. Both drivers will run in the third day of testing.
Test 08:03:2017 Day Two
Felipe Massa / Lance Stroll
Chassis / Engine: FW40-02 / Mercedes-AMG F1 M08 EQ Power+
Location: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, 4.655km
Weather: Warm and Dry
Maximum air & track temps: 27ºC / 22ºC
After a successful opening day of the second week of pre-season testing the
Williams Martini team would return for their second day with both Felipe
Massa, in the morning, and Lance Stroll, in the afternoon, getting time in
the car. Felipe would complete two installation laps and would pit. The
early quickest time would go to Bottas with a 1m:21.299 followed by
Verstappen. Felipe would eventually take to the track running on the soft
tyre and his early time was a 1m:22.816 to be third but he would improve
with a 1m:22.455 as he continued to lap the circuit running in the 1m22.6s
mark. Having completed sixteen laps Felipe would pit.
Felipe would return for another stint still on the soft tyre and would
complete twenty eight laps prior to pitting again. Quickest at this stage
was now Verstappen with a 1m:20.516 with two hours completed in the morning.
After a brief stop Felipe would return still on the soft tyres. He would
continue to put in further laps but would have a moment at Turn 13 running
wide off the track but was able to continue. Felipe had been able to improve
his lap time with a 1m:21.618 remaining third. Forty laps completed and
Felipe would pit again. On his next run Felipe would move ahead of
Verstappen with a 1m:20.244 running still on the soft tyre but his time was
quickly passed by Bottas with a 1m:19.310 running on the supers soft tyre.
His next lap was a 1m:19.777 even though he was quicker in the first sector.
Felipe would pit after just a few laps now having completed forty three
laps. The track was empty with an hour and a quarter remaining in the
morning. Again Felipe would return and would continue to push setting a
1m:20.181 remaining second by 0.871s. He would continue to lower his times
with a 1m:19.909 to be 0.599 behind Bottas. Having set this time he would
pit again. His next run would see the ultra soft tyres fitted and he would
immediately improve with a 1m:19.487, close to Bottas' time. He would
continue to push setting a 1m:19.420 to be just 0.110 behind the Mercedes.
He would pit after this run with sixty three laps now completed. Bottas had
completed an ultra soft tyre run but failed to set a time quicker than he
had using the super soft.
Raikkonen was now third followed by Verstappen and Hulkenberg as the teams
stopped for the lunch break. For the Williams team their morning as again a
successful one as the team worked through soft tyre runs ending with that
single super soft run.
The afternoon session would see Lance Stroll return to the cockpit. His
first run would see him out on the soft tyre and he would get into his run
setting a best of 1m:22.814 completing seven laps prior to pitting. After a
short stop he would return to the track looking to add to his laps in the
FW40. He would improve with a 1m:22.510 as he continued his soft tyre run.
Lance was currently tenth with an hour of the afternoon running completed.
Lance would pit having completed twenty six laps in total. Lance would
continue to put in further laps and with an hour remaining had completed
forty two laps. He would set a 1m:21.927 and he would improve in this with a
1m:21.531. As the afternoon progressed Lance would continue to improve
setting a 1m:20.579 to be fifth running on the supersoft tyre. He would
complete fifty nine laps at the end of the day making Williams total for the
day one hundred and twenty two. Another impressive day for the team and both
Rod Nelson, Chief Test & Support Engineer:
Today was a pretty busy day again, and also included a driver change at
lunchtime. Felipe was driving this morning and we tried the ultrasoft tyres
for the first time, so we’ve got some good data to look at. Lance was back
in the car in the afternoon and he did a good job. He’s never tried the
supersoft tyres before but he acquitted himself really well considering the
circuit conditions he had at the time. Overall we had a good clean day and
completed 122 laps in total, which means we have a lot of useful data to
look through tonight.
It was a good morning. We completed all of our programmes and, like
yesterday, I had a good feeling in the car. We’re happy with everything we
tried in terms of set-up and trying different tyres. I’ve had a very good
day and a half, but hopefully this is just the beginning and we can finish
testing well. I’m very happy with what I’ve seen and what I feel in the car.
It’s still difficult to know where we are compared to the others, but the
car is definitely looking positive.
I am quite happy with the afternoon and pleased with the morning watching
Felipe do some solid running. I think it was a good day. As a team we got a
lot of laps in, so we have a lot of positives to take out of today. I am not
really focussed on lap times, as it is testing and we are exploring a lot of
different things on the car and trying to move forward. I am just happy with
getting some good running in, trying some stuff on the car and moving in the
right direction. That is what we are focusing on over these few days, and so
far so good. We did some short runs, and tried some different compounds. I
went to the softer compounds today. I tried the supersofts but still have
the ultrasoft remaining that I haven’t tried. It was good to get a feel for
them for the first time.
Williams Martini Racing returns to track tomorrow with Lance Stroll in the
morning session and Felipe Massa in the afternoon session.
Driver Team Time Laps
1. V. Bottas Mercedes AMG Motorsport 1:19.310 43 / 70
2. F. Massa WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING 1:19.420 58 / 63
3. K. Raikkonen Scuderia Ferrari 1:20.406 28 / 53
4. M. Verstappen Red Bull Racing 1:20.432 31 / 102
5. L. Stroll WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING 1:20.579 51 / 59
6. L. Hamilton Mercedes AMG Motorsport 1:20.702 9 / 79
7. N. Hulkenberg Renault Sport F1 Team 1:21.213 25 / 61
8. S. Perez Force India 1:21.297 48 / 100
9. C. Sainz Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:21.872 38 / 92
10. R. Grosjean Haas F1 Team 1:21.887 66 / 96
11. P. Wehrlein Sauber F1 Team 1:23.000 38 / 59
12. F. Alonso McLaren 1:23.041 22 / 46
13. M. Ericsson Sauber F1 Team 1:23.384 22 / 47
14. J. Palmer Renault Sport F1 Team 1:24.774 22 / 29
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