November 26, 2014
A good way to end our time on track in 2014. At the end of the second Abu Dhabi Test day, our Chief Race Engineer, Phil Charles and Max Verstappen give their thoughts on today's action at the Yas Marina Circuit.
Yas Marina Circuit – 5.554 kms
Car: STR9 chassis number 03
Driver: Max Verstappen
Best time: 1:43.763
Phil Charles (Chief Race Engineer)
"We had a very productive day, especially in the morning, when we ran continuously, even squeezing in an extra run before lunch. However, at the start of the afternoon, a technical problem kept the car in the garage for around three hours. The mechanics worked really well to get the car back out on track and we even woke up some of our nightshift guys to come and help! Thanks to their efforts we managed to give Max a further three runs. He has really got stuck into his learning programme over these past two days, doing long and short runs and finding out a lot about tyre management. Overall, this has been a good end to our time on track in 2014."
"We had a very good morning with a lot of running, which allowed us to test quite a few new things on the car in preparation for next year. We had the possibility to go through the intense programme that we had planned, to catch up from yesterday without delays or hitches. I really enjoyed spending four hours without getting out of the car; it was a great feeling. Unfortunately in the afternoon we had a Power Unit issue which stopped us for quite a while, but we managed to fix the problem in time to go out again before the end of the session, getting some more useful driving time. I want to thank the team for everything they have done to make these two days a great start to the new season together."