Driver: Pastor Maldonado
Chassis / engine: FW34-03 / RS27- 5253/3
Location: Jerez de la Frontera 4.428km
Objectives: Aero evaluations and tyre testing
Weather: Dry and sunny all day
Maximum air & track temps: 16ºC / 28ºC
Mike Coughlan, Technical Director: We had a clutch installation problem this morning which was a bit disappointing considering it was the same as we had been running last season. We quickly remedied this but it lost us time during our aero evaluations this morning. However, we will be able to recover this time over the next two days. This afternoon the focus was back on tyre work and we also made some subtle set-up changes which has given us a good direction for the new car. The new technical team is working well and we will now prepare to change drivers with Valtteri taking over for the final two days, something he is very much looking forward to.
Pastor Maldonado: We did some good running this afternoon going through our planned tests but there is still a lot to do to understand the tyres even better. We have a lot of data to look through from today and there is a good atmosphere in the team. I know Andrew, my new Race Engineer, well as he’s been my Performance Engineer for the last two years, so it feels very natural to continue working together.