Williams: We tested a lot of upgrades

Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams FW33. Formula One World Championship, Rd 8, European Grand Prix, Practice Day, Valencia, Spain, Friday 24 June 2011.

Pastor Maldonado

Jun.24 (Williams) Team and drivers review the free practice sessions on first day of the European Grand Prix weekend at the Urban Circuit of Valencia in Spain.

Objectives P1
• Evaluation of new aero parts including a new exhaust and rear wing

Objectives P2
• Comparison work of new aero parts between both cars
• Tyre testing and set-up work

Sam Michael, Technical Director
Today we evaluated different front wings, a new rear wing as well as a new exhaust system. After that, we worked on race set-up and covering long runs to assess the tyres. We didn’t have any reliability issues and our target here is to score some points.

Rubens Barrichello
We’ve brought a lot of upgrades to Valencia so it was a busy day for the team. The new items still need a bit more work so we will go away and have a look at the information we collected from today. We will do our best to get what we can from the car to do a good job in qualifying and to get some points from the race.

Pastor Maldonado
We covered everything we needed to today so that’s good. I had a small problem right at the end of P2 with a slow puncture so I had to end the session a few minutes early, but it didn’t cost us anything really. There are still improvements to make, but there’s no reason why we can’t fight for a place in the top ten tomorrow.