Massa: “It was another important day for us”

Massa: “It was another important day for us”

Williams continued their impressive build up to the new season with another positive day of trouble-free running on Friday in Bahrain.

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Felipe Massa ended his first full day back in the FW36 since the opening day of the second test in fifth fastest, as he racked up more crucial mileage on the team’s new car, adding 103 laps to the 128 laps completed on Thursday by his team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

“I think it was another important day for us,” said Felipe Massa. “We are starting to understand the car a lot more.

“It was really my first full day driving, after only getting half a day last week, so I’m still looking forward to understanding more tomorrow and doing everything we can do to be as prepared as possible for the first race.

“I am happy with how we are working as a team and tomorrow will be another important day.”

Williams’ Chief Test & Support Engineer Rod Nelson added: “We ran a similar programme today as yesterday. Felipe started the morning doing some mechanical and aero tests, before going on to some longer runs in the afternoon. We then finished with some performance runs this evening looking at some new systems on the car.

“It was nice to have a relatively trouble-free day with Felipe as he hasn’t had the best of winter testing up to now, so it’s good to see him with a smile on his face.

“We are now looking forward to concentrating on pushing the car for more performance over the final two days.”

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