Felipe Massa reconfirmed Williams’ strong showing in testing by posting the fastest time on the penultimate day of Formula One pre-season testing in Bahrain today, ahead of Nico Rosberg and Kimi Raikkonen. The former Ferrari driver also logged 99 laps as elsewhere Red Bull Racing and Lotus once again struggled. After completing over 230 laps around the Sakhir circuit across the opening two days this week, today saw the team demonstrate the FW36′s raw pace, Massa setting the fastest time seen in Bahrain this year, a 1:33.258, in the final minutes of the day on Pirelli’s supersoft tyre.
There were contrasting fortunes on display on the third day of the final pre-season test in Bahrain on Saturday. Whilst Williams’ Felipe Massa was able to record the fastest time seen at the Sakhir circuit so far this winter, reigning world champions Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull had another day to forget as they failed to complete a single lap
Williams’ Felipe Massa set the fastest time at Bahrain so far this year on the penultimate day of testing as Red Bull’s gremlins returned to restrict world champion Sebastian Vettel to just one lap
Williams have enjoyed several extremely productive testing days so far, and with the end of the tests nearing, the team is applying and testing new aerodynamic parts. One of the bigger upgrades fitted on the FW36 on Thursday with Bottas and Friday with Massa is the new rear bodywork featuring wider sidepod exits and a central funnel that blows hot sidepod air around the exhaust.
Having parted ways with Williams, the team who brought him into Formula One racing, Pastor Maldonado is now determined to impress for Lotus. We sat down with the race-winning Venezuelan to discuss the reasons behind his move from Grove to Enstone, his thoughts on partnering Romain Grosjean, and whether Lotus will be able to overcome their pre-season technical setbacks in time for Melbourne
Following months of speculation that Rob Smedley would follow Felipe Massa to Williams F1, the former Ferrari engineer has today been announced as Head of Vehicle Performance at the Grove squad. He will join the team between the Malaysian and Bahrain Grands Prix. Smedley will take up a newly created position in the team, working alongside engineers trackside while assisting with the of the FW36 development across the season
Williams has confirmed the appointment of Rob Smedley as Head of Vehicle Performance, a newly created position which will strengthen the trackside team whilst also “supporting the development work back at the factory to help bring more performance to the car throughout the season”. Rob will be supported by Race Engineers Andrew Murdoch, who is […]
Felipe Massa’s long-time Ferrari race engineer Rob Smedley has joined the Brazilian at Williams. The Englishman, whose voice has become familiar to fans all over the world because of his conversations with Massa over race radio, has been appointed to the newly-created role of head of vehicle performance and will join the Grove-based team prior to the Bahrain race in April
Susie Wolff will become first woman in 22 years to drive an F1 car at a Grand Prix, Williams announce
Whereas the opening pre-season test at Jerez last month was all about systems checks and the reliability of the new 1.6-litre turbo power units, the second session in Bahrain last week saw a shift of emphasis towards outright performance – or at least it did for some teams While Mercedes and the similarly-powered Williams and McLaren teams were racking up around 300 laps over the four days, world champions Red Bull remained on the back foot, managing little over 100. We review this and the other major talking points in Sakhir
Williams F1′s Susie Wolff to become first woman to feature in a Grand Prix race weekend since 1992 this season
Susie Wolff set to be first female F1 driver at race weekend since 1992 after Williams hand her new role
Susie Wolff will become the first female driver to take part in a Grand Prix weekend for over 20 years when she drives the Williams in two Free Practice sessions, the team has announced. Wolff, who has been part of the back room driving staff at Williams since 2012, drove in the Young Drivers Test at Silverstone last July and has been given the opportunity to get some more mileage, under the spotlights of a Grand Prix weekend. The team has not specified which two events she will participate in
Williams’ Susie Wolff will become the first female driver in over two decades to compete in an official Grand Prix session later this year, when she takes part in two opening Friday practices for the team. The practice outings are part of an expanded role for Wolff, as she continues as Williams’ development driver for the 2014 season, and follow her impressive performance in last year’s young drivers test at Silverstone