Bottas First To Test New Williams FW38

 

Williams have revealed that Valtteri Bottas will be the one to debut the FW38 when they take to the circuit next week in Barcelona.

Bottas will be on track for the first two days of both Barcelona tests, with Massa stepping in to conclude days 3 & 4. The British team are hoping that their 2016 contender can put them back in the title challenge, taking the fight to Mercedes and Ferrari after finishing third in the constructors championship two years running.

Deputy team principal Claire Williams believes that they are now in the hardest part of their rise back to the front of the grid. At the recent Autosport International show Williams said: “The hardest piece of the puzzle is now in that ‘how do we close the gap to the Ferraris and Mercedes and fight for a championship’?

“[When you are] doing so badly you’ve obviously got so many things wrong in your organisation and you know what they are, you’ve got to change them, but this is the hardest piece of work for us now moving forward.”

Williams will still be powered by Mercedes in 2016, all eyes will be on the chassis & aero development, looking to see just how much they’ve managed to close the gap or whether they will be fighting hard to maintain their 3rd position.

The team recently released an audio clip of their 2016 power unit firing up, and at the moment it seems they will be revealing the FW38 when they arrive in Barcelona.

First Test Lineups:

Team22 Feb23 Feb24 Feb25 Feb
Toro RossoSainzVerstappenSainzVerstappen
HaasGrosjeanGutierrezGrosjeanGutierrez
Mercedes TBATBATBATBA
FerrariTBATBATBATBA
Red Bull RacingTBATBATBATBA
WilliamsBottasBottasMassaMassa
SauberTBATBATBATBA
Manor TBATBATBATBA
Force IndiaCelisPerezHulkenbergCelis
RenaultTBATBATBATBA
MclarenTBATBATBATBA

Second Test Lineups:

Team1 March2 March3 March4 March
Toro RossoVerstappenSainzVerstappenSainz
HaasGrosjeanGrosjeanGutierrezGutierrez
Mercedes TBATBATBATBA
FerrariTBATBATBATBA
Red Bull RacingTBATBATBATBA
WilliamsBottasBottasMassaMassa
SauberTBATBATBATBA
Manor TBATBATBATBA
Force IndiaHulkenbergPerezHulkenbergPerez
RenaultTBATBATBATBA
MclarenTBATBATBATBA

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