Jerez Test Day Four

08 FEB 2013

Valtteri Bottas Season 2013

Driver: Valtteri Bottas
Chassis / engine: FW34-03 / RS27- 5253/3
Location: Jerez de la Frontera 4.428km
Objectives: Aero evaluations and tyre testing
Weather: Dry and sunny all day
Maximum air & track temps: 15ºC / 27ºC

Mike Coughlan, Technical Director: We have had a very good four days in Jerez running the FW34. We have gone through a complete programme testing various parts that will be used on the FW35. This compliments our current philosophy of using rigs to pass off systems before running them on the car. The drivers have enjoyed themselves running through tyre comparisons and set-up changes that you would be reluctant to do at a race meeting due to time constraints. Although these results have been a little compromised by the very aggressive nature of the track surface here, we have acquired some useful data to carry forward. We now look forward to the next test in Barcelona and the launch of the FW35.

Valtteri Bottas: It’s been a good four days of testing for us and I’ve really enjoyed the last two days in particular when I’ve been driving the car. We have achieved everything we planned this week without any issues, and I’ve really liked how the new technical team have been working. We collected some valuable data regarding some parts for the new car and now I’m excited to go to Barcelona to drive the FW35 for the first time.

Best Time
Best / Total Laps
 1 K Raikkonen
Lotus F1 Team
53 / 83
 2 J Bianchi
Sahara Force India
42 / 56
 3 S Vettel
Red Bull Racing
40 / 96
 4 E Gutierrez
Sauber F1 Team
46 / 142
 5 J E Vergne
Toro Rosso
79 / 92
 6 L Hamilton
53 / 145
 7 S Perez
McLaren Mercedes
35 / 98
 8 V Bottas 
Williams F1 Team 
55 / 92
9 P de la Rosa Ferrari 1:20.316 28 / 51
10 C Pic
Caterham F1 Team
95 / 109
11 L Razia
77 / 82
12 P Di Resta Sahara Force India 1:23.435 3 / 49