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Barrichello and Williams not concerned by throttle issue

Rubens Barrichello enjoys 'good day' at Valencia in Spain as he tries out the new Williams-Cosworth FW32.
Rubens Barrichello got his first taste of the new Williams at Valencia on Monday, and despite a small problem with the throttle was happy with his day at the wheel of the Cosworth-powered FW32.

Barrichello, who made his F1 debut with Jordan way back in 1993, completed 75 laps in total and while his best - a 1 minute 14.449 seconds - was around two seconds off the pace-setting Ferrari of Felipe Massa, the Brazilian wasn't concerned.

"You can't predict anything from the times today; and probably won't be able to for the remainder of the tests because of the fuel loads people will run with such big tanks. It probably won't be until Bahrain qualifying that we will see where everyone is," said Barrichello.

"We are working on improving the balance of the car. It's running reliably, despite the small issue with the throttle. As everything is new, it was a good day. I enjoyed it - it was like a first day at school!"

Williams technical director Sam Michael meanwhile was also upbeat and he was satisfied with the days work which focused mainly on initial systems, performance and reliability checks.

"It was a productive first day testing, with the car completing 75 laps in total. Considering everything is new, in particular the Cosworth engine installation, it was good to get through the day without any major problems.

"We did have a minor software issue with the throttle control towards the end of the session, but that is easily sorted out for tomorrow [Tuesday]. We are well underway with set-up work now and tuning the FW32 around the new Bridgestone tyres," Michael summed-up.




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The Truth - Unregistered

February 02, 2010 12:25 PM

Williams lost my respect when they turned into an FIA puppet. This in addition to what they did to Brawn in 09 and now Sauber in 2010 regards prize money(The only team to do this by the way) And their defection in the FIA FOTA wars was politically motivated. As was their insistance to run KERS in 2010. These last 2 years have left a particularly nasty etch in what would otherwise be a fine legacy.

Piercarlogassolini - Unregistered

February 02, 2010 10:41 AM

I'm a fan of no team in particular, but I have followed Williams longer than any (back to the Pre-Wolf days of using the local phone box as the office phone) so I have a soft spot for them. I hope they have some success this year, although I do have a worry that the slow times are for real...



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