GPl Archives 27 February 2013 Issue #59 - Page 44

peaking after testing at Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Vettel said, “It was good to be back in Barcelona. It is a good circuit to judge a car on and a good indicator of where you are but we need to be careful of doing that as it’s pretty cold at the moment and it’s quite tough to keep the tyres alive for many laps. So hard to know.” The world champion was top of the timing sheets, in the Red Bull RB9, for a large chunk of time in the Tuesday morning session, and ended the day with the fourth best time of 1.22.965 which was 0.349 seconds down on Nico Rosberg’s best in the Mercedes. The world champion completed 66 laps on the day. “It’s very important for us to put good mileage on the car and [on Tuesday] morning that wasn’t really possible,” reflected Vettel. “We had a small software issue in the morning, I think many teams had. That wasn’t ideal but we got it fixed and after that it was another decent day.” “We had some issues with reliability on Wednesday and we couldn’t do as many laps as we wanted, but I think it’s better that this kind of thing happens today rather than in Australia,” Vettel said after his final day in the cockpit where he ended the day second fastest. S