Williams: We have a lot data to dissect and interpret
7 September, 2012
Sep.7 (Williams) Team and drivers report on the first day of practice for the Italian Grand Prix, round 13 of the 2012 Formula One World Championship, at Monza.
• Aero evaluations
• Tyre runs and set-up work
• Long runs in the afternoon
Mark Gillan, Chief Operations Engineer: We have a lot data to dissect and interpret tonight from today’s two sessions to ensure that we optimise the car for the race without compromising qualifying. We managed to get through the entire test programme, despite a hydraulic problem on Pastor’s car which prematurely stopped his FP1 session. The mechanics reacted very quickly and we managed to get the car ready for the start of FP2.
Pastor Maldonado: It was a productive day as we were trying some different configurations, especially with the aero levels. We completed everything we set out to do in the programme. There is still more speed to come and so tomorrow we will continue working to improve, so I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do.
Bruno Senna: It was a difficult session. After not running in the morning I had a lot to do this afternoon, but we’ve been trying different things and I think we can find a good path. Hopefully the car will be even better tomorrow and we can iron out some of the technical details to improve for qualifying.
Valtteri Bottas: We got lot of running today with the dry weather so it was great to get that under our belt. The track is brilliant as it’s an old school circuit and very quick. The morning session was productive and we worked through all the tests we had planned.
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