Bottas pleased with testing progress

Valtteri Bottas says he is pleased with the progress made on the opening two days of winter testing, after completing a further 35 laps at the wheel of the new Williams FW36 on Wednesday. 0886CB1D0086

The Finn set the third fastest time, a 1m25.344, but more importantly, he managed to complete a decent amount of running for Williams in the new car. However, his session was cut slightly short after the team discovered a rear suspension problem.

“Testing this week is about checking all the new systems more than outright performance so problems are expected, but we’ve been solving each one as it has come up,” he said. “We completed some running in the wet this morning to gather some data on the intermediate tyres and then clocked up some more laps in the dry this afternoon and my first impression of the car is positive.”

Explaining the problem suffered at the end of the day, he added: “Unfortunately we had to finish the day slightly early though. I felt something different with the rear of the car so the team called me straight back in to check it over.

“We are much wiser than we were yesterday and have a better understanding of the car already and so I’m looking forward to the next time I can get behind the wheel.”

The team’s chief test and support engineer Rod Nelson confirmed the issue: “We had to stop early due a problem with the rear suspension. Valtteri radioed in to say he felt something strange with the rear and we could also see something in the data, so we brought him in as a precautionary measure to check the car over. Obviously we’d like to do more laps but we are happy with the progress we are making.”

Image courtesy of Octane Photographic

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