Driver reaction - Jerez Day Four
The drivers have their say on the final day of the first test
By William Esler. Last Updated: 08/02/13 7:34pm
The drivers have their say on the final day of the first test where Kimi Raikkonen was quickest.
Sebastian Vettel: "I think for the whole team it's been quite a good test," he said. "No problems in terms of reliability and we did a lot of laps, so I'm quite pleased with the results. I feel a bit better than last year. I think we had some issues with reliability then, so it seems we have done our homework well.
"Regarding the stoppage today, I don't know why the track started to break up but I guess everyone is on the limit here, running wide, using the maximum amount of track and the kerbs and unfortunately it started to break up. But the circuit did a very good job over lunch to get everything sorted and gave us an extra half hour at the end, so no real problem.
"Looking ahead, I think the Barcelona test will maybe reveal a bit more, but just because people are running more and teams will play around a bit more there. So if you keep your eyes open you might spot some stuff," he added. "However, as I've said before, we just focus on what we do. In Barcelona we'll learn more about ourselves and maybe a little bit about our rivals. It should be interesting."
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Kimi Raikkonen: "The car seems pretty good. We've made a lot of set-up changes and worked through a lot of things in Jerez but it all seems positive. My first feeling of the car is good, so that's the main thing. For sure, there are some areas we have to work on, but I'm happy so far.
"We were at the top of the timing monitors, but that means nothing in testing. Our focus has been testing parts on the car, but I've also been able to get the set-up more to my liking. For sure, there's more work to be done in this area, but that's what we go testing for. The car feels strong and we seem to have a good idea of where we're going with improvements. Let's see what happens in Barcelona.
"We had some small issues over the last two days, but that's what you expect in testing and it's better to have the issues now rather than when you get to the grand prix. We've just done two days of testing so far and there's plenty of work still to do before we head to Melbourne."
Lewis Hamilton: "Today we managed the kind of mileage that the car is capable of and I think we have a good platform to start working from. Now we need to understand the F1 W04 even more: personally, I am learning something with every lap I do and every change I make to the set-up. Overall, I think we are probably at the level we would have hoped to be.
"The team has done a great job to add downforce to the car over the winter and they now need Nico and me to tell them where we can improve and the direction we need to go. Everybody has been incredibly supportive and I am really building a good bond with the team; they feel energised, ready to go and everybody is working flat out to move us forward."
Esteban Gutierrez: "It was a very positive day, because we managed to do a lot of laps. We did some new tyre runs at mid-day, and then we did some long runs with high fuel in the afternoon, which gave me the chance to try the car in all different circumstances.
"It was very interesting for me, because I was able to feel very different things, and I learnt how to adapt my driving style to different situations. It was great to do this at a test, because now I have time to analyse it all and then go to Barcelona on a stronger basis. I'm really happy how things went."
Jules Bianchi: "My first experience of the new car was very positive and it's clearly an improvement over last year's car. I spent most of the time on the medium tyres, but I got a chance to run the softs as well and they offered a lot of grip so I enjoyed that. It was also nice to do some long runs, so I've felt the car on heavy fuel, which is good for my experience. I'm pleased the team asked me to help out this week and I'm happy with how things went today."
Paul Di Resta: "Overall it's been a positive test. We've worked our way through the programme set by the factory, done some aero mapping, explored the set-up and gathered lots of data. We covered a lot of laps and I'm feeling comfortable with the car. The main challenge at the moment is learning about the tyres, but we have lots of information to help us move in the right direction before the Barcelona test."
Valtteri Bottas: "It's been a good four days of testing for us and I've really enjoyed the last two days in particular when I've been driving the car. We have achieved everything we planned this week without any issues, and I've really liked how the new technical team have been working. We collected some valuable data regarding some parts for the new car and now I'm excited to go to Barcelona to drive the FW35 for the first time."
Jean-Eric Vergne: "We have made progress throughout the four days and in terms of pure mechanical understanding of the car, we've made a significant step forward compared to last year and, specifically today, we got through all our planned work programme. I am much more confident about the new car than I was before the test and it gives me a good feeling from behind the wheel.
"One of the aims of the design team was to give us drivers a car with a broader operating range in terms of set-up options and I can already say they have succeeded in that point. There is still a lot to do, so I'm looking forward to my next session in Barcelona."
Charles Pic: "A good day and 109 laps today is a good way to finish the first test. The track was colder this morning than the first three days so it was tricky getting the tyres to work, but we completed all the programs we'd set for the day and we have some very useful information to work on, and some interesting options to look at for the next test.
"One key part of this test was to work on getting the most out of KERS and we've definitely made good progress on that. There's still more to come from that, especially maximising its performance under braking, but I'm really happy with what we've worked through and can't wait to get back in the car in Barcelona."
Luiz Razia: "It is unfortunate that we didn't get the smooth day of running we hoped for, but we have to be happy to have completed most of our programme with the MR02 this week. Testing is the place to work through our problems, so we don't have to find them during the season, and resolving these is in itself good progress. I got the chance to do some of the planned performance work later on, but I didn't get a clear shot at it so I don't feel like I ended the day where I could have been in terms of lap time.
"What is good is that there is a lot of potential and we can see this very clearly. I'm very excited about the next two tests and I expect to see us making good steps forward. For now, I will reflect on a busy but exciting first week as a Formula 1 driver and what I myself can do to keep developing. I would like to thank the Team for welcoming me back so enthusiastically and I am happy that we have established a good working relationship already. All good things from here, I'm sure."