Williams hoping to make up for lost time
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6 February 2013 – Williams is looking to claw back lost mileage at Jerez later this week, with its 2012 car suffering a clutch problem on Wednesday. Opting to launch its new design at the second pre-season test in Barcelona, the Grove-based outfit has been focusing on tyre and aerodynamic evaluations with Pastor Maldonado over the past two days.
"We had a clutch installation problem this morning which was a bit disappointing considering it was the same as we ran last season," explained Technical Director Mike Coughlan. "We quickly remedied this but it lost us time during our aero evaluations. We will look to recover this time over the next two days.
"This afternoon the focus was back on tyre work; we also made some 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 (Bottas) taking over for the final two days, something he is very much looking forward to."
Williams will launch its new car, entitled the FW35, at the Circuit de Catalunya on Tuesday 19 February, shortly before the second pre-season test gets underway.