Abu Dhabi Test – Day 1
Driver: Valtteri Bottas
Chassis/ Engine: FW36-01 / PU106a Hybrid
Locations: Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi, 5.554km
Objectives: Aero evaluations, mechanical & systems work, 2015 tyre tests
Weather: Hot and sunny
Air and Track Temps: 25-33°C / 26-44°C
Rod Nelson, Chief Test and Support Engineer: We had a very busy day predominantly testing the Pirelli tyres for next year. There is a new rear construction and the supersoft is a new compound and we are happy with the progress we have made so far. We have also tested a few systems for the FW37 and again, they were successful. We completed a busy programme and look forward to our final day of 2014 running tomorrow with Felipe Nasr.
Valtteri Bottas: It was a good day overall and I really enjoyed it. Everything went to plan and we completed the programme we had planned. It was interesting to try the new Pirelli tyres against the old, we felt a few differences and that is knowledge that we will take forward for next year. The tyre degradation is a lot more consistent so Pirelli has done a good job with the new compound. We got some positive results from the systems we are testing for next year as well. It was a fun way to end the season. The FW36 has been a great car and a really good platform to build next year’s car from. I have a lot of faith that we can continue to move forward and improve, I am looking forward to getting next season underway now.
Williams will return to the track tomorrow, Wednesday 26 November, for the final day of the test with Felipe Nasr driving the FW36.