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The sun will always shine - Williams struggle through a tough test to end on top in Jerez

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Williams struggle through a tough test to end on top in Jerez
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Williams overcame their mechanical gremlins during the four-day test in Jerez to finish the week on top. Pastor Maldonado and Rubens Barrichello shared testing duties throughout the week, with Rubens topping the timesheets on the final day.

On the opening day in Jerez, Maldonado managed to complete only 14 laps after problems with the rear wing actuator. On the second day, the KERS device had to be rebuilt which meant Pastor completed 38 laps. He circled the track only twice with a repaired car before crashing off.

In the hands of Barrichello on day three, the Williams team managed to complete just short of 100 laps, but still suffered some problems with KERS. However, all was looking much brighter today, the final day of the Jerez test, when Rubens finished on top having completed 103 laps.

Although not much can be garnered from testing times, Rubens was the only man over the four-day period to drop the times into the 1m 19s, and the team clearly showed they can overcome adversity at every turn. Now all that remains is to see how they fare in Barcelona next week.