- Second Barcelona Test - Day Three
No technical reason for early Williams finish
Williams ended the penultimate day of testing early happy with its reliability and having ticked off its programme in Barcelona.
Felipe Massa completed 102 laps and finished second with a soft tyre run of 1:22.262, but the team tweeted over an hour before the end of the session that it had finished for the day. However, the Brazilian says there was no issue with the car.
"We had another good day with over 100 laps completed," Massa said. "We reached the end of the programme in good time and the car has remained very reliable over all three tests. Our long runs look positive and the car remains consistent throughout the stints. We are not the only quick car on the track though and the fight behind Mercedes will be interesting."
Nelson, the team's chief test and support engineer, says the team's focus on race preparation for Melbourne will roll over into the final day when Valtteri Bottas returns to the cockpit.
"It was Felipe's last day in the car before Melbourne and we have had a busy day," Nelson said. "We focused on chassis and aero work as well as longer runs on scrubbed tyres to see the degradation and tyre performance. We did a grid simulation at lunchtime to ensure the procedural processes are all in place for when we arrive in Melbourne. We have just one day of the test left now, and it will be another busy one for the team."