Wet Weather Makes Williams’ Day Difficult

Pastor Maldonado had a difficult final day in Barcelona for Williams as he managed just 23 laps in heavy rain and finished second out of the five runners completing their pre-season testing programmes.

“It was quite difficult today as the track was so wet,” said the Venezuelan. “We tried some different things in the car though looking ahead to the races and it is looking good. It is my first time driving the FW33 in these kind of conditions and I think it was really important for me to get a run in the wet today.”

Technical director Sam Michael explained that, although some wet-weather testing is useful, the conditions at the Circuit de Catalunya today were just too extreme to be useful.

“Today was a complete washout in Barcelona!” he said. “It’s always useful to run in the wet, but it was too much unfortunately. Regardless, we’ve put some useful mileage on the FW33 at this final test, highlighted a few areas to work on from a reliability and performance side, and now we’re all really looking forward to start racing again.”