Williams: It’s been a really good day completing 128 laps

Valtteri Bottas Williams FW36

Valtteri Bottas Williams FW36

Williams team reports from the first day of the final pre-season test, at Bahrain International Circuit, ahead of the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship.

  • Driver: Valtteri Bottas
  • Chassis / Engine: FW36-03 / PU106A Hybrid
  • Location: Bahrain International Circuit 5.412 km
  • Objectives: Aero evaluation, race simulation and set-up work
  • Weather: Hot and sunny
  • Maximum air & track temps: 30 ºC / 39 ºC

Rod Nelson, Chief Test & Support Engineer: We started the morning by testing some aero components, all of which correlated well with what we were expected from the wind tunnel. We then did a race simulation this afternoon including laps to the grid and everything that goes into a race and that also went well. We then completed our programme for today with some new tyre work for Pirelli. Overall, it’s been a really good day completing 128 laps.

Valtteri Bottas: It’s been another good day for us. It was nice to get the whole run plan done. We didn’t have any issues all day so well done to all the team for getting the car running so well. We have a lot of data to analyse tonight after doing some aero work this morning and a race distance and set-up work this afternoon. We did some very interesting tests and there are still plenty of things to improve so we’ll keep pushing.

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