Saturday 28 February 2015
Driver: Daniel Ricciardo
Best time: 1:25.742
Circuit length: 4.655km
Fastest Lap: L. Hamilton (1:23.022)
Daniel Ricciardo was at the wheel of the RB11 for the penultimate day of pre-season testing. The Australian completed 128 laps of the Circuit de Catalunya with a best time of 1:25.742. The team ran a familiar pattern of short runs in the morning followed by longer stints in the afternoon, concentrating on the medium compound after an early run with the hard tyre. The team enjoyed a trouble-free day, with only set-up changes. Two red flags late in the afternoon caused stoppages.
“There’s definitely plenty of positives to take from today: we did a lot of laps and worked through the programme,” said Daniel. “Most of the other teams did some performance running today but we were focusing on ourselves and didn’t get onto the soft or supersoft tyres and the low-fuel stuff. Our long runs look pretty good and completing nearly 130 laps means reliability is where it should be too. We’ve just got a bit of fine-tuning to do tomorrow.”
Guillaume Rocquelin, Head of Race Engineering added: “We did a normal race weekend run plan today. The car was really reliable and we completed a lot of miles; it was the sort of good, sound testing that engineers like. We’re very happy with how today went. We’ll carry on with the programme tomorrow as planned but because we got a lot done today it gives us a little more flexibility as we can afford a bit more downtime.”
Pre-season testing concludes tomorrow.