Friday 27 February 2015
Driver: Daniil Kvyat
Best time: 1:26.965
Circuit length: 4.655km
Fastest Lap: N. Rosberg (1:22.792)
Daniil Kvyat’s pre-season testing programme drew to a close today in Barcelona, with the Russian completing 84 laps of the Circuit de Catalunya for a best time of 1:26.965. In the morning, while preparing new parts for the car, the team elected to concentrate on aerodynamic work and shorter runs. With the new elements installed over the lunch break, the team switched its focus to long runs. A sensor problem led to a spell in the garage in mid-afternoon but thereafter Daniil ran without problem.
“We had a couple of issues today but nothing too serious. So, while it would have been nice to do a few more laps, we did get a lot done today. You always want more and we’re always looking for improvement but overall I’m happy,” he said. “Today was my last day of testing and I’m happy with the level I reached with my group of guys over the past few weeks. I think we’re heading in the right direction, we have a good understanding between us, we’re not lost anywhere and we know what we need to do for Melbourne.”
Head of Race Engineering Guillaume Rocquelin added: “It doesn’t sound very exciting but aside from a couple of minor glitches it was a very normal day of testing – exactly the type of day you’re looking for. We had some parts arrive overnight as a fix for the problem we had yesterday afternoon and while we were waiting for those to be prepped we spent the morning doing aero work, which was part of the plan anyway. By the time we got through that, we were ready to run the new parts in the afternoon. We were focused on long runs but then we had a problem with a sensor, which stopped us briefly. After that though it was business as usual. It was Daniil’s final day of testing and he has been excellent throughout. His ability in the car was never in doubt but it is a big ask for a driver to start with a new team and to familiarise yourself with everything in just six days of testing. However, he integrated into the set-up very quickly, got to know his guys well and got to grips with all the systems and procedures in double quick time. He’s been very impressive and I think he’s well prepared for the first race.”