Troubled Friday practice for Williams
The Williams F1 team had nothing to smile about today, as both drivers saw their running cut short. The team set out to try some car upgrades, but Rubens' puncture and crash, as well as Pastor's engine problem made that difficult to do.
Mark Gillan, Chief Operations Engineer:
We’ve had a difficult start to the weekend with not as much running as we had hoped for. Accordingly, we have now revised the running plan going into P3. We did improve the set-up between sessions one and two with some aero development and mechanical adjustments on the cars.
I had limited running today which was unfortunate. In this morning’s session, a puncture cut my session short and then an off this afternoon also put me out early. The car felt quite loose before the incident and so we have a lot of things to look into now.
An engine problem caused me to stop early in P2. It’s my first time at Suzuka so I really need some more laps. We’ll have our work cut out in tomorrow’s final session.