Williams today debuted their Mercedes powered FW36 on track, a first time the wide public could see the car. The team however struggled with several eletrical issues and ended up running only a handful of laps on the first day at Jerez.
Rod Nelson, Chief Test & Support Engineer: We had a few electrical issues today which, combined with needing to replace a sensor critical to the functioning of the Internal Combustion Engine, delayed our running. Despite this, we were able to complete a number of installation laps and one timed lap, and I now feel we are in good shape for tomorrow. The team have worked well to address the problems we had today and we are now focused on working through our programme for the remaining days.
Valtteri Bottas, FW36-01 / PU106A Hybrid: It wasn't an ideal start to the day but the positive thing is that the team did a great job to fix the problems we found overnight and we got the car working well to complete a few laps this afternoon. The car matched my expectations on track with more torque. It feels like a very different car compared to last year in the way it handles as well as the power. After only a few laps we found a few things we can improve which is also good, so we need to start working on those things tomorrow.