Feb.7 (Williams) Drivers and team report on the first day of official Formula 1 pre-season testing at Jerez de la Frontera.
Mark Gillan, Chief Operations Engineer: We performed a number of systems checks on the car today, including testing our new engine installation and some aerodynamic correlation runs. Unfortunately testing was cut short with a couple of initial teething problems which we are currently investigating. We intend to get these fixed this evening in time for a full test programme with Pastor tomorrow.
Pastor Maldonado: It feels great to be back with the team and to start putting some mileage on the FW34. The car felt good and the systems were all working well this morning. I like the feel of the new Renault engine as well. It’s still too early to make any predictions, but we are pushing hard and working to understand the car better.
The Williams F1 Team will be back on track tomorrow, Wednesday 8 February, with Pastor Maldonado continuing in the FW34 for the second day of the test.