Williams pair say windy conditions affected day

By on Friday, October 31, 2014
Williams Martini Racing

Williams Martini Racing

Williams pair Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas say that it was difficult to find the optimum balance with the FW36 due to the windy conditions during Friday practice for the United States Grand Prix.

Massa was fifth fastest in the second session, while Bottas placed 11th after sitting out the first session in favour of reserve driver Felipe Nasr.

"I always enjoy driving this track and we’ve had a productive day and completed what we set out to do," said Massa.

"It was very windy in the afternoon which made it difficult to really judge the car balance and the car was feeling different from the morning to the afternoon because of this, although the wind is likely to change for Saturday and Sunday which may result in us having to adapt our set-up slightly.

"I’m happy with how the car is feeling and we’re looking on the pace going into the weekend."

"We gained a lot of information about temperatures and the tyres in FP2 and seem to have found ways to get more performance out of them," added Bottas, who scored his maiden Formula 1 points at the event in 2013.

"The car was not particularly easy to drive today because of the very windy conditions and it was not easy to find the optimum balance, so we have a lot of work to do tonight to understand the car and its true performance at this track."

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