Driver: Valtteri Bottas
Chassis / Engine: FW36-03 / PU106A Hybrid
Location: Bahrain International Circuit 5.412km
Objectives: Aero evaluations, race simulation and set-up work
Weather: Hot and Sunny
Maximum air & track temps: 30ºC / 39ºC
Rod Nelson, Chief Test & Support Engineer: We started the morning by testing some aero components, all of which correlated well with what we expected from the wind tunnel. We then did a race simulation this afternoon including laps to the grid and everything that goes into a race, which also went well. We completed our programme for today with some new tyre work for Pirelli. Overall, it’s been a really good day completing 128 laps.
Valtteri Bottas: It’s been another good day for us and it was nice to get the whole run plan done. We didn’t have any issues all day so well done to all the team for getting the car running so well. We have a lot of data to analyse tonight after doing some aero work this morning and a race distance and set-up work this afternoon. We did some very interesting tests and there are still plenty of things to improve so we’ll keep pushing.
Williams will be back on track tomorrow, Friday 28 February, with Felipe Massa in the FW36 for the second day of the test.