Williams tested a raft of car updates on their cars today, splitting aero verification work between both its drivers. While it is still a bit too early to be sure of anything, tonight's analysis should reveal what updates to use for the remainder of the weekend.
Mike Coughlan, Technical Director: "We continued to work through some aerodynamic comparisons today following on from the work we started in Idiada last week. We ran a number of different upgrades across both cars, and the initial results are as expected. We have made some small steps but there is still a lot of work to do. In FP2 we did some further tyre work and our long run pace looks more competitive. We lost some time during FP1 due to the wet weather but we completed our planned programme. We'll spend tonight analysing all the data and aim to continuing progressing tomorrow."
Pastor Maldonado: "We’ve been working on different set-ups today and testing a number of new parts on each car. We feel a little more positive, but we will analyse everything we tested today and hope to show the improvements in qualifying tomorrow."
Valtteri Bottas: "It was an interesting day for us. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t quite right in the first session, but this was the same for everyone. We were trying different parts on the car today, particularly in the second session, so we have a lot of data to analyse tonight to work out the best set-up for tomorrow. The initial feeling is that we are starting to take steps forward."