Jerez Test Day Three

07 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: 16ºC / 28ºC

Mike Coughlan, Technical Director: We’ve had a productive day today with Valtteri completing a busy test programme without issue. We did a number of higher fuel runs as Valtteri clocked up 86 laps on his first outing as an official race driver for the team. The Jerez circuit is quite aggressive on tyres and we have already gained a lot of data over the last two days, so we decided to switch our focus. Aside from some core mechanical work in preparation for the FW35, we focussed on further aero evaluations throughout the day and gathered all the data we required.

Valtteri Bottas: It was my first day as an official race driver today and it’s been a long wait. Since the announcement last year I’ve been looking forward to this day and it’s great to finally get the season underway. Everything went as planned and we completed a lot of laps doing both aero and tyre work to gather some good data. It was a great start to 2013 for me.

Position
Driver
Team
Best Time
Best / Total Laps
 1 F Massa
Ferrari
1:17.879
26 / 85
 2 N Rosberg
Mercedes 1:18.766
88 / 148
 3 S Vettel
Red Bull Racing
1:19.052
69 / 102
 4 K Raikkonen
Lotus F1 Team
1:19.200
34 / 40
 5 J E Vergne
Toro Rosso
1:19.247
70 / 85
 6 J Rossiter
Sahara Force India
1:19.303
31 / 42
 7 J Button
McLaren Mercedes
1:19.603
23 / 83
 8 E Gutierrez
Sauber F1 Team
1:19.934 
103 / 110
9 M Chilton Marussia 1:21.269 74 / 78
 9 V Bottas 
Williams F1 Team 
 1:21.575
71 / 86
 10 C Pic
Caterham F1 Team
1:22.352
45 / 57
11 P Di Resta
Sahara Force India
1:23.729
3 / 7
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