Williams had a ‘productive day’ of free practice in Valencia, which saw Rubens Barrichello set the tenth fastest time, whilst Nico Hulkenberg finished the day seventeenth.
Barrichello is not taking his top ten finish today as an indicator of his weekend’s prospects, although the Brazilian is targeting a top-ten grid slot tomorrow. “We had a pretty much straight forward day during which we tested various things and they seem to work better,” he said.
“It's the first time we've been in the top ten on a Friday; we can't read too much into that, but at least it tells us that we can be competitive. The main aim tomorrow is to get into Q3.”
Hulkenberg was disappointed with his lowly seventeenth spot on the end-of-day timesheets, having finished the morning session eleventh, just behind his teammate. “Quite a difficult Friday for me,” said the German. “P2 wasn't really to my liking. I struggled with the balance of the car and I didn't get a good lap on the option tyre. We need to analyse the data now and hopefully hook it all together for a good qualifying tomorrow.”