Valencia day three - windy for Williams 27 Mar 2006
The Williams team completed their three-day test at Valencia on Friday, with Alexander Wurz the sole runner at the Spanish circuit. The Austrian completed 100 laps with a best time of 1m 13.233s.
We had another very windy day so making the final tyre choice for Melbourne was more difficult than normal, explained Mike Condliffe, Williams test team manager. Alex had the track to himself though today and, despite the weather, worked through the scheduled tyre programme and then finished the test with some brake development work at the end of the session.
Simon Corbyn, head of Formula One race engineering at Williams engine suppliers Cosworth, was happy with the teams progress, especially in light of Nico Rosbergs retirement with engine problems at the last round at Sepang.
The Cosworth CA2006 Series 3 test specification engine ran for three days in Valencia, he said. Our objective was to accumulate track running on a number of new components as part of our on-going engine development programme. This engine also included a change specifically targeted at addressing Nicos Malaysia race failure and this update has been implemented for Melbourne.