Barcelona in-season test Day Two Preview
Susie Wolff to get first taste of Williams FW36
By William Esler. Last Updated: 14/05/14 9:09am
Susie Wolff will be in action for Williams
The second in-season test concludes at the Circuit de Catalunya on Wednesday and a lot of eyes will be on Williams as Susie Wolff takes to the track for the first time in the FW36.
With the opening day of the test badly affected by rain, the teams will be keen to gather as much information as possible with no further testing until after the British GP in July.
Wolff drove for Williams at last year's Young Driver Test, but knows the new regulations mean the 2014 car will be a completely different proposition.
"I think this car is very different to drive. In terms of driveability the engine is completely different so that will take a bit of getting used to, it doesn't have as much downforce and that will take a bit of getting used to," she told Sky Sports News. "But ultimately you just get in the car and try to find your limits as quickly as you can.
"I have a lot of important work to do for the team tomorrow and obviously because it is wet today makes tomorrow even more important. So it should a challenging but great day.
"Today has been really wet and cold, I'm really glad I am testing tomorrow."
With most of Wolff's work taking place in the simulator back at Grove, giving her the opportunity over a race driver should also give Williams a chance to test the accuracy of their virtual world.
"The main reason I am Development Driver at Williams is that testing is banned so there is very little time for a test driver to get in the car so the bulk of my work is back at the factory on the simulator," she added. "But obviously I need to correlation to know that the car is like on track, so I have this test session then two practice sessions at the British and German grands prix."
Elsewhere World Champion Sebastian Vettel will be in action for Red Bull as they look to close the gap to Mercedes. The team have bounced back from a disappointing pre-season to be best of the rest, but third-placed Daniel Ricciardo was still nearly 50 seconds behind both Silver Arrows cars.
Mercedes themselves will be in action and plan to test a new exhaust in the hope of increasing the noise levels created by the current generation of V6 hybrid engines.
"We were told by the FIA and Bernie to put the device on the car and see if it's really effective," Toto Wolff said.
"We are pretty clear that if the fans want to have more noise and if it's making the car, with all this noise, perceived to be better and more attractive, then we would go for it.
"Then hopefully the other teams will vote in favour as well. It's part of the Technical Regulations and if you want, you can amend it in the season with a unanimous vote.
"There are not lots of times in the paddock when you have a unanimous vote, so it's going to be an interesting one."
Barcelona in-season test - Wednesday driver line-ups
Red Bull - Sebastian Vettel.
Mercedes - Nico Rosberg.
Ferrari - Kimi Raikkonen.
Lotus - Pastor Maldonado.
McLaren - Stoffel Vandoorne.
Force India - Daniel Juncadella.
Sauber - Esteban Gutierrez.
Toro Rosso - Daniil Kvyat.
Williams - Susie Wolff.
Marussia - Jules Bianchi.
Caterham - Robin Frijns.