Williams: Our long run pace looks very competitive

Nov.2 (Williams) Drivers and team review the first day of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend, Round 18 of the 2012 Formula 1 world championship, at Yas Marina Circuit.

Objectives
• Front wing aero evaluations
• Tyre runs and set-up work
• Longer runs in FP2

Mark Gillan, Chief Operations Engineer: We had a good day today with both sessions going well. We continued our on-going development programme from Delhi aimed at better improving our car balance and performance. Our long run pace looks very competitive and we have some more work to be done tonight and in FP3 to help try and further improve our qualifying pace.

Pastor Maldonado: Today was much better as everything came together and I am happy for that. Our long run pace looks quick again, qualifying pace less so but I think we are still looking good when compared to what everyone else was doing today. Qualifying will be important here as well as it’s difficult to overtake. I like this track though and we are looking competitive.

Bruno Senna: It was a tough day today. Tyre degradation was quite high and we had a few braking issues which made it difficult to read what the car was doing. However, we have a lot of data from today to work through ahead of tomorrow. Qualifying in the top ten is possible, as we’ve seen the pace in Pastor’s car, so we’ll be working hard tonight to make further improvements tomorrow.

Valtteri Bottas: I know this track well which made things much easier today as I could immediately get on with my job. After the first run I knew how the car should feel and we were also able to continue some tests from India to gather even more data. Pastor went a little quicker in his final run in FP1, but before that we had identical times so it is good to know I am on the pace, although I still think I could have done more. I like this circuit and the atmosphere in the paddock, and driving on the track underneath the hotel is quite unique.