Williams enjoys 'very good' FW35 debut
19 February 2013 – The Williams FW35 chassis enjoyed an almost trouble-free debut at the Circuit de Catalunya on Tuesday, with Pastor Maldonado racking up 86 laps in the team's latest design. Despite a minor water leak in the afternoon session, the outfit completed its planned programme and approaches the rest of the week in a positive frame of mind.
"It was a very good day for us, with Pastor completing 86 laps, the second-highest of any team today," said Technical Director Mike Coughlan. "Pastor was very comfortable in the car which was shown by his early lap times. We had a small water leak this afternoon on a development part, but we were able to fix it quickly to complete our tyre programme. We feel confident in the core reliability of the FW35 and look forward to continuing with Valtteri (Bottas) tomorrow."
Although Williams enjoyed a successful day on-track, its new car has already caused ructions in the paddock. According to the BBC, governing body the FIA has declared its exhaust layout as an illegal concept which needs to be changed before the first race.