Nicholas Latifi has said that he was “finally able to feel the limits” of his Williams FW43 on Thursday’s Formula 1 pre-season test.
After a difficult start to the week, due to an issue with the FW43’s Mercedes engine, Latifi enjoyed a much more productive day on Thursday as he completed 160 laps, and ended the day fourth fastest having set a best time of 1m17.313s.
Although the team has suffered a number of engine related issues in testing, the Grove-based team has had a much better winter test than last year and were able to spend Thursday focusing on outright performance, and Latifi was pleased that he was able to push the car to it’s limit.
Speaking about Thursday’s test, Latifi said: “Overall it was a positive day and I got to experience the car in both trims that you would in a race weekend.
“We focused our morning on performance runs and I was finally able to feel the limits of the car.
“Unfortunately, the track conditions this morning hampered our running, and from that point of view our performance simulations weren’t as representative as I would have liked.
“In the afternoon we moved on to conducting our race simulations and I was able to get a lot of laps on the board.”
Williams’ Head of Vehicle Performance, Dave Robson was also encouraged with the amount of running the team had on Thursday, and it allowed them to look at various setups.
“Today Nicholas completed his in-car preparation ahead of the start of the new race season.” commented Robson.
“He enjoyed a productive day, completing 160 laps despite the damp start and the red flags.
“We were able to complete some more setup work, building on the data that we have been gathering since Wednesday of last week.
“We then pushed the car a little harder using the softest of the 2020 Pirelli compound range.
“After lunch we were able to complete some higher fuel running, giving Nicholas some valuable experience of managing the C2 and C3 compounds, which, respectively, will be the prime and option compounds in Australia, and the option and qualifying compounds when we return to Barcelona in May.”