It was a strong first day of the Spanish Grand Prix for Pastor, with a bumper 76 laps on the board come the end of the day with the majority completed in the top ten. Romain wasn’t quite as happy with a few niggles over the course of the day preventing him from getting the most out of his E22.
The Circuit de Catalunya provided a delightful warm backdrop as Pastor set the eighth fastest time in the morning and ninth in the afternoon, with both times set when the track wasn’t at its quickest. Romain’s fastest in both sessions was only sufficient for 17th, with plenty more to come.
With more ten laps than a race distance completed, Pastor was as fresh as a daisy out of the car.
“The car felt good today and it feels like we’re really making progress,” he said.
“We completed more set-up work and it was great to have a day without any issues. With the programme we were running I didn’t set my fastest laps when the track was quickest, so there’s more to come from the car as it is, as well as from further set-up improvements.
“We’ve made a big step forwards in terms of performance and in terms of reliability. We completed a lot of laps in the morning and the afternoon so we were able to complete our programme and learn a lot more about the car. It seems quite competitive so far and it’s great to see we’re making progress.”
Romain recognised the potential in the car, but nevertheless felt frustrated not to be able to extract it.
“Today was frustrating as we had quite a few small problems which made it difficult for me to get clean runs and set a good time,” explained Romain.
“This also made it difficult to get the set-up of the car where we want it to be. The positive is that we can see there’s pace in the car from Pastor’s laps.
For me, it was a little bit of a complicated day. We had quite a lot to test on the car. Some worked well some others less so but if we can get everything sorted and my car running like it should we could have a good result from qualifying tomorrow.”
The fine weather in Barcelona looks set to continue for tomorrow’s qualifying.
“It’s great to be running in superb weather conditions with many Venezuelan fans in the crowd,” said Pastor. “I have a good feeling about this weekend.”