Valtteri Bottas insists Williams' four days at Jerez with 2012 car have been 'valuable'
Finnish rookie says team know what new parts to take forward
By James Galloway at Jerez. Last Updated: February 8, 2013 7:38pm
Valtteri Bottas insists the Jerez test has proved "really positive" for Williams with a development version of their 2012 car, despite them not featuring near the top of the timesheet all week.
The Grove team were the only one on the grid not to debut their 2013 car, the FW35, at this week's opening test of the winter having instead decided to prioritise more development time in the wind tunnel.
Although last year's FW34 was updated to include a number of 2013-spec developments - particularly a Coanda exhaust - neither Bottas nor team-mate Pastor Maldonado finished higher than eighth on the timesheets, with the team's fastest lap time on each day around two seconds off the pace.
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However, speaking to reporters in the paddock in wake of Friday's final day in which he racked up 92 laps and clocked a best time of 1:19.851, Bottas was keen to stress the plus points of the week.
"We've got some positive results and the whole test basically was really positve for us," the Finnish rookie said.
"We got a big amount of data to analyse so the guys will be working really hard now to find which are the best bits to put [forward] for the new car."
Asked for the reason why Williams still failed to set a time to trouble the top runners in a car that they were far more familiar with, Bottas replied: "There's a simple reason: the physics still exist - if you have lighter car with less fuel it goes a bit quicker!"
The 23-year-old, who did acknowledge that Williams' decision to delay the FW35's launch would only be vindicated or otherwise once the racing season gets underway, added that the team now had a good idea of which parts to take forward onto the new car.
"Barcelona test one will be really important for us, new car, so a lot to go through. But this test has still been really valuable to understand the tyres," he told Sky Sports F1.
"The conditions were maybe not ideal for tyre testing but it's the same for everyone. We managed to test a lot of new parts in the old car here and we got some really good data. We have quite got quite a good understanding now which direction to push for and which parts to put in the new car."