Jerez Test Day 2: Williams review

Nico Hulkenberg

Feb.11 (YF1) Nico Hulkenberg could only complete 67 laps due to delays brought about by hydraulic problems on his Williams FW32. Nevertheless the rookie was fourth quickest overall at the end of his second and final day at Jerez.

Sam Michael, Technical Director: We had some mechanical problems with the hydraulic system and the driveline today. We had a leak first thing this morning, which we identified relatively quickly, but it took us a long time to correct because the clutch was covered with hydraulic fluid. That effectively ruled us out of most of the morning session. We encountered a smaller issue this afternoon with a driveshaft component. It was quicker to rectify, but obviously wasn’t ideal in terms of track time. We still made our way through three or four set-up changes and we’ll just have to target higher mileage tomorrow with Rubens.

Nico Hulkenberg: Today was quite a difficult day as we had some technical problems, but I’m still feeling positive about the car. Of course, I would like to have had more running time, but that’s sometimes the way it goes. Overall, it’s been a good two days and the car feels good.

Jerez Day 2 Lap Times

P Driver Team Time Laps
1 K.Kobayashi Sauber 1:19.950 103
2 S.Buemi Toro Rosso 1:20.026 121
3 J.Button McLaren 1:20.618 83
4 N.Hulkenberg Williams 1:20.629 67
5 V.Liuzzi Force India 1:20.754 80
6 M.Schumacher Mercedes 1:21.083 124
7 F.Alonso Ferrari 1:21.424 129
8 R.Kubica Renault 1:22.003 103
9 M.Webber Red Bull 1:22.043 99
10 T.Glock Virgin 1:29.964 11