February 22, 2015
At the end of the last testing day, here in Barcelona, Carlos Sainz and our Team Principal, Franz Tost look back at this session.
Circuit: Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, 4.655 kms
Driver: Carlos Sainz
Car: STR10 - 02
Best time: 1:25.604
Total laps completed (4 days): 412
Total kilometres completed (4 days): 1917.86 km
Total laps completed (2 days): 188
Total Kilometres completed (2 days): 875.14 km
Total laps completed (2 days): 224
Total Kilometres completed (2 days): 1042.72 km
Total 2015 winter testing kilometres (T01+T02): 3479.179
(T01: 1561.319 km + T02: 1917.86 km/Carlos: 1684.549 km – Max: 1794.63 km)
Franz Tost (Team Principal)
"Unfortunately we had to end the test early today; we are still going through the data to understand the cause, so it's a bit early to conclude; however, it is fair to say that the winds have been extremely high and gusting today, and we have seen a few other cars have offs as well. All in all, it's been another very positive four days of testing for us here in Barcelona this week. We have been able to build on what we learned from the first test in Jerez two weeks ago, which helped us to improve the performance in general. I'm satisfied to see that once again we've managed to complete plenty of laps without suffering big reliability issues, adding valuable mileage to both our drivers' tallies. In total, we've covered 3479 kms in 8 days of testing, giving both Max and Carlos plenty of time to get used to the car and the different procedures, as well as simulating a race weekend. Both drivers have once again demonstrated that they are quick learners, showing consistency and maturity. Max has covered a total distance of 1794 kms and Carlos 1684 kms, which is what we were looking to achieve."
"Nevertheless, I have to say it's really difficult to estimate our own performance or the other teams', as track and ambient temperatures are far too low. At the races where we expect much higher ones, the tyre management will be completely different. Personally, I don't like the tests in February here in Europe, as you don't get the feedback on all the technical topics you need to be well prepared for the start of the season. Last year's test in Bahrain was much more useful."
"We now look forward to another four days of testing here in Barcelona next week, where we will also be introducing new aero parts on the car. I'm pleased with how the whole team is working in the build-up to the start of the season. We now have to continue in this direction, analyse all the valuable data we've gathered this week and come back for the final test even stronger."
Carlos Sainz (Car 55)
"It was a really good day until I crashed! Everything went really smoothly and I felt we had made a big step forward with the car from Day 2 to Day 4. This morning, strong winds made track conditions very tricky and the car was therefore difficult to drive. Even with the wind, things went well, I did several short runs that looked good. Unfortunately, in the afternoon, I made a mistake at Turn 3, which is not the best place to do that, because the barriers are close at that point. I'd rather crash in the test than in Race 1, so I have learned something from it and now we turn the page, move on and think about next week's test here. There are many positives to take from this test. I was a different driver in the car and I felt much more confident here in Barcelona."