Driver: Felipe Massa
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: 29ºC / 37ºC
Rod Nelson, Chief Test & Support Engineer: We ran a similar programme today as yesterday. Felipe started the morning doing some mechanical and aero tests, before going on to some longer runs in the afternoon. We then finished with some performance runs this evening looking at some new systems on the car. It was nice to have a relatively trouble-free day with Felipe as he hasn’t had the best of winter testing up to now, so it’s good to see him with a smile on his face. We are now looking forward to concentrating on pushing the car for more performance over the final two days.
Felipe Massa: I think it was another important day for us. We are starting to understand the car a lot more. It was really my first full day driving, after only getting half a day last week, so I’m still looking forward to understanding more tomorrow and doing everything we can do to be as prepared as possible for the first race. I am happy with how we are working as a team and tomorrow will be another important day.
Williams will be back on track tomorrow, Saturday 1 March, with Felipe Massa in the Williams Mercedes FW36 for the third day of the test.