Saturday, 21 February 2015

Split day for Williams on Saturday

(© Ben Johnston 2015)

The Williams Martini Racing Team spent most of day three of the opening Barcelona test carrying out pit-stop practice.

The Grove based outfit had both of their race drivers in action on Saturday with Felipe Massa driving the car in the morning setting a fastest time of 1m 26.912s ending the day in 7th place. Speaking following his run in the car Massa stated:

I did a few laps at the start of the day, but it was hard to gain anything from my perspective. The programme for the day was to practice the pitstop procedure which come a Grand Prix are always important. It is positive to have the team ready and it’s always good for the driver to practice so the team know what to expect. The whole procedure has to be quick and we can only do that by practicing.'

Valtteri Bottas took over the cockpit of the FW37 in the afternoon completing 49 laps with his fastest time a 1m 27.556s which put the Finn in ninth place just ahead of the McLaren Honda of Jenson Button. Speaking following the session Bottas stated:

'The programme for the whole day was pitstop practice. It was difficult to get a feel for the car on the rest of the lap as I was on old tyres and my only proper run was when the track was very cold at the end of the day. It was good for the team to practice the pitstop procedure, but also for me to practice too. Australia is just a few weeks away and we need to be ready for all elements of the race. Every stop is important and it’s good to be well prepared.'

Valtteri Bottas will be in action tomorrow the final day of the test. Speaking about today’s action Williams Martini Racing Team’s Chief Test and Support Engineer Rod Nelson stated:

'We were expecting rain today so we changed the plan slightly. The day was dedicated to pitstop practice and we ran through various scenarios, issues and problems we may encounter in a race situation. I am happy with the way the team has managed themselves and worked with the issues thrown at them. We have a busy programme planned for Valtteri tomorrow so hopefully the conditions are good. '

© Ben Johnston 2015

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