Valtteri Bottas was in action for the Williams Martini Racing Team on Tuesday as the second winter test got underway at the Barcelona Circuit Du Catalunya in Montmelo.
The Finn completed a marathon 123 laps in the FW38 setting the second fastest time of the day with a 1m 23.229s ending up just 0.207s behind Nico Rosberg in the Mercedes. Speaking following his day in the car he stated:
It was a good day today. We managed to run without any major issues with the car. It was very interesting discovering more about the FW38 and what kind of set-ups work for this car. I think we managed to make progress. We did some short runs today which I really enjoyed. I still agree with what I said last week – we have improved in the areas where we were weak last year. I am looking forward to tomorrow and continuing testing.
Bottas will be back in the car on Wednesday before handing over to Felipe Massa for the final two days of the test. Speaking following Tuesday’s action, Williams Chief Test and Support Engineer Rod Nelson commented by saying:
Today was a very good day for us. The car ran faultlessly. We did lots of quite significant tests throughout the day as well as a bit of a qualifying simulation. We managed to get through our planned programme without any major problems, so overall we are really pleased.