Driver: Valtteri Bottas
Chassis / engine: FW35-01 / RS27-5253/3
Location: Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona 4.655km
Objectives: Aero evaluations, tyre testing and component checks
Weather: Dry and sunny all day
Air & track temps: 4-16ºC / 10-35ºC
Mike Coughlan, Technical Director: It was a trouble-free day for us with Valtteri completing close to 100 laps, so we are pleased with the reliability of the FW35. Valtteri confirmed the potential of the car posting some competitive times throughout the day. After initially concentrating on aero testing, our focus then switched to set-up work and the tyres this afternoon. We are pleased with the progress we are making as a team and we have a good direction to continuing developing the car ahead of the season.
Valtteri Bottas: I had a really strong first impression of the FW35 today. Once we completed the aero work this morning I was able to complete my first proper run to feel the FW35 and the improvements we have made. Straight out of the box I knew we had made a step forward from last year, and I am looking forward to working to develop the car even further. It’s great to know we have a really good base to start from but there are still a number of areas we can improve, so I’m really excited for the season ahead.
The Williams F1 Team will be back on track tomorrow, Thursday 21 February, with Pastor Maldonado driving in the morning session and Valtteri Bottas driving the afternoon session for the third day of the test.