Wednesday 14 May 2014
Driver: Sebastian Vettel
Best time: 1:27.973
Circuit length: 4.655km
Fastest Lap: P. Maldonado (1:24.871)
Sebastian Vettel took over at the wheel of the RB10 for the second and final day of testing in Barcelona and after a late start due to overnight work solving the gearbox issues that halted the team’s running yesterday, Sebastian managed to put in a useful 72 laps of the Circuit de Catalunya in the afternoon.
“The problems of yesterday made us a bit late out this morning but the afternoon was productive and we did a lot of laps which, considering the time we had, was good,” said Sebastian. “We used the tyres that we used last weekend, as we want to try to understand the car more and in terms of that I think we have learned a lot, so I would say it was a useful, if not perfect, day.”
Race Engineering Co-ordinator Andy Damerum agreed with Sebastian’s assessment saying that despite the time lost today and yesterday, the laps completed had yielded a wealth of useful data.
“It’s obviously not ideal to have a problem that costs you time on both days, but the problem we had was such that it needed a lot of time to fix overnight and getting the car ready delayed our start this morning,” he said. “We managed to get a couple of runs in before lunch, just to get Sebastian comfortable in the car, but it wasn’t giving him what he wanted so we tweaked a few things over the lunch break. Then in the afternoon we had a pretty productive run. It sounds like a mantra for me now, but every lap you run yields good information and even though we didn’t have a perfect outing yesterday or today, we’ve got good data. I spoke to the guys at the factory this morning and they’re already pleased with the information we got yesterday. In the limited time we had today I have to say that, from a race engineer’s perspective, there was a lot to take away from the work we did. So, all told – a fairly decent couple of days.”