Wiliams enjoys successful Barcelona test
24 February 2013 – Williams Technical Director Mike Coughlan believes that his team should be encouraged by the strong reliability its new FW35 chassis has displayed to date.
Pastor Maldonado and Valtteri Bottas completed 367 laps over the course of this week's four-day test at the Circuit de Catalunya for the Grove-based squad, the most of any team - despite the fact that it was the only one debuting a brand-new car.
"Overall, we’ve had a very encouraging week as the core reliability of the car has proved to be excellent," explained Coughlan. "We are now looking forward to the next test in Barcelona where we can concentrate on the performance."
The 54-year-old was also pleased with the team's work on the final day of test. Williams took advantage of the wet weather to practice pit-stops with both Bottas and Maldonado, with neither driver setting a timed lap over the course of the day.
"The full race team joined us in Barcelona for pitstop practice," added Coughlan, who signed for Williams in the early stages of 2011. "The weather was wet as we expected which means we didn’t lose any dry running time with the FW35 in doing this."