Franklin happy with data collection
Having missed out on the first test, Jamie Franklin was happy to get into the car that he would be racing this season. It was his first chance in the new Williams, and it seemed to be a solid run. After the three tests, we enquired as to how Franklin thought the tests had gone. “It was an okay session,” Started Franklin, looking slightly more disappointed than we had expected. “With the first runs being done by Bradley last week, the team wanted to test some setups, in order to get a good feel for the driver/car combination. It went okay…but I think there is a lot of room for improvement. We need to really focus on honing in on this particular area, because the car wasn’t quite as balanced as I have been used to in the past. I don’t know if you saw, but in the high speed corners, the car was slightly unstable. It would turn in nicely, but then I’d have snap understeer, and the front would just wash out. It was quite frustrating. Also, in some of the braking zones, I’d get a little bit of oversteer. The car felt a lot better in Brazil, where I didn’t test any new setups, so hopefully for the other tracks, it is just a matter of finding a setup that works better, as opposed to it being a fundamental issue with the car, but we’ll have to see,2
Having thanked him for his brutally honest, we asked about who we thought looked the best out there on track. “Erm, well…I don’t really know the fuel loads of the cars, but I’d have to say that the Sauber looks very good. I had always expected Oli to be quick, but it was surprising just how fast he and that Sauber really was. Clearly they’ve done a lot of work. The Marussia was definitely the biggest surprise though. Whether it was just a glory run or not, I don’t know, but for a new team to come straight in and be that quick is impressive, I’d say,”
Williams were perhaps the most consistent team out there on pace, with both drivers looking very good. However, whether they can challenge for the title will depend on whether they can maximise the performance of the car. Jamie is clearly a little unhappy with the test, so both him and the team will have to dig deep to challenge for victory on Sunday.