Pastor Maldonado leads FP1 in Valencia

Objectives• Aero evaluations• Tyre runs and set-up work

Mark Gillan, Chief Operations Engineer: We had a good day today and tested a number of new development items in addition to working on the car set-up and tyre management. All three drivers performed well with Pastor being particularly strong throughout the first session. Having been out of the car for a couple of races Valtteri quickly got up to speed and gave us good feedback on his test programme during this morning's session. Bruno then completed a good second session with the race drivers working on both low and high fuel balances on the medium and soft tyres. We have collected a lot of data which we now need to dissect, and make decisions on ahead of both qualifying and the race.

Bruno Senna: It was a good day and we managed to fulfil our test programme. It would have been useful to have done a few more miles but we have still gathered a lot of valuable data. We’re getting closer to where we need to be so I’m happy with how today went.

Pastor Maldonado: We completed our full test programme today. The track was so green at the start of the day, as expected, but the grip level has been increasing throughout each session. The car was consistent but we lost a bit of time on our shorter runs this afternoon. We need to understand the set-up of the car a bit better and to anticipate how the track conditions will change tomorrow. The car is working well but we still need to improve.

Valtteri Bottas: It was pretty difficult this morning as the track was still quite dusty and the last time I drove the car was Barcelona so I had to get back into the rhythm. I was building up all the time and we got all the data from the new aero parts we were testing which is the main thing. The wind made it a bit trickier so it wasn’t the easiest of conditions, especially when the walls are so close. The main positive thing was how we managed our tyres, as my times in the third stint were still good in comparison to my first two runs.

1.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault      1m40.890s  laps222.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      1m40.973s  + 0.083   213.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault      1m40.984s  + 0.094   194.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1m40.994s  + 0.104   195.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               1m41.065s  + 0.175   266.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes  1m41.105s  + 0.215   157.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes              1m41.117s  + 0.227   228.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes      1m41.158s  + 0.268   189.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              1m41.182s  + 0.292   2110  Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault         1m41.620s  + 0.730   2111  Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault         1m41.784s  + 0.894   1512  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari        1m41.838s  + 0.948   1913  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari        1m41.861s  + 0.971   1614  Felipe Massa          Ferrari               1m42.109s  + 1.219   2015  Jules Bianchi         Force India-Mercedes  1m42.175s  + 1.285   2116  Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Renault      1m42.299s  + 1.409   2417  Heikki Kovalainen     Caterham-Renault      1m42.442s  + 1.552   2618  Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m42.758s  + 1.868   2619  Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m42.777s  + 1.887   2820  Vitaly Petrov         Caterham-Renault      1m43.209s  + 2.319   1921  Charles Pic           Marussia-Cosworth     1m44.173s  + 3.283   1822  Pedro de la Rosa      HRT-Cosworth          1m44.996s  + 4.106   1523  Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth          1m45.120s  + 4.230   2324  Timo Glock            Marussia-Cosworth     1m45.338s  + 4.448    7

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