GPl Archives 27 February 2013 Issue #59 - Page 223

BARCELONA DRIVER QUOTES Tuesday: “49 laps on the first day of the second test isn’t the total we wanted, but we’ve still been able to complete quite a bit of today’s program and with every lap I’m getting more and more comfortable in the car. In the morning session we ran through a similar program to the second day in Jerez last week, and we had planned more tyre work in the afternoon. When I went out for a stint after the lunch break I had a mechanical problem going into turn three and after we got the car back to the garage we found out it was a gearbox issue and that brought the day to an early end. We’ve already started work on the fix and I’m sure we’ll be ready for tomorrow morning when we can get back to work.” Wednesday: “My second day in the car in Barcelona was a positive step from yesterday but we still have work to do to get the car’s performance to where we want it to be by Melbourne. After losing some time on day one it was important to get as many kilometres done as possible and completing 102 laps gives us a lot of data to work through and will help us progress over the next two days of this test, and to prepare for next week. There are definitely positives to take from my two days on track this week, and with every lap I’m getting more comfortable in the car and with the whole team. There are a few areas for us to look at to extract more performance, but this week hasn’t been about times, it’s been focused on working through various setup options and understanding the tyres which are going to be as important this year as they were in 2012. We will continue that work next week and I’m sure we’ll make more progress there.” 27.02.2013 grand prix international issue.59