Friday, September 7, 2007

Rosberg shows strong pace for Williams

The Williams team benefited from a constructive free practice at Monza today as the paddock enjoyed less pressurised Friday conditions having already spent time testing here last week. The two sessions proved relatively textbook for the team and saw the drivers carry out fine tuning work on their FW29s in advance of Sunday's race. Despite a nine minute halt in proceedings in session two, the pair covered over 650kms of the Autodromo, with Nico ending the day in P5 and Alex in P10.

"Today we went through two or three things that I really wanted to try here last week which we couldn't do due to the bad weather," said Rosberg. "I'm pleased we did them because we gained some helpful results. Monza has proved to be a very interesting track for the tyres. We haven't made a decision yet on which direction we'll take and will spend time going over that tonight. Generally, I'm quite pleased with how the sessions went.

"Alex Wurz commented, "Practice went ok. We changed a couple of things in the first session and went for a long run at the end which was very interesting. There's more to come from the balance of my car so I'm working on that tonight. Surprisingly, we actually found that today's conditions were relatively the same as those at last week's test, which is good because it means we can use some of the useful data we have collected already.

"Technical director Sam Michael added, "We've had a productive day at Monza. We completed a lot of the normal Friday systems checks such as brakes and cooling at the test last week so today was about set-up changes and tyres. The Bridgestone Potenza tyres both look strong. We didn't have any reliability issues during the day."

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