Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Circuit de Catalunya, 2013

Maldonado: Aero upgrade a clear improvement

2013 F1 seasonPosted on Author Keith Collantine

Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Circuit de Catalunya, 2013Pastor Maldonado says the new aerodynamic package Williams added yesterday has clearly improved the FW35.

Maldonado had previously described the FW35 as being easier to drive than its predecessor and said the new upgrades enhanced that feeling:

“It’s even more easy this car,” he told media in Barcelona yesterday. “We have more downforce.”

Among the new parts added to the Williams yesterday is a Red Bull-style ramped exhaust, which Maldonado said brought tangible benefits:

“The car feels a bit different, the new aero package is quite big so for sure you feel the difference. It’s working quite good.”

The team expect to have a clearer idea of the upgrade’s benefits after today’s test: “We’ve been focused on getting data, learning them, the new aero package. And we didn’t work on the proper set-up of the car and nothing so I’m very happy.”

Maldonado described how the increased downforce from the upgrade could be felt on all types of corners. “I think we improve some particulars from the aero point of view I think it’s clear there is some gains on it,” he added.

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