Barca Day One: Driver reaction

The drivers have their say on the first day of the second test

Last Updated: 19/02/13 6:49pm

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The drivers have their say on the first day of running at the second winter test at the Circuit de Catalunya.

Red Bull

Sebastian Vettel: "It's very important for us to put good mileage on the car and this morning that wasn't really possible. We had a small software issue this morning, I think many teams had. That wasn't ideal but we got it fixed and after that it was another decent day.

"It is good to back in Barcelona. It is a good circuit to judge a car on and a good indicator of where you are but we need to be careful of doing that as it's pretty cold at the moment and it's quite tough to keep the tyres alive for many laps. So hard to know. But overall, not a bad day again."


Fernando Alonso: "I fought for the Championship last year in a car that was two seconds off the pace in winter testing. We need to improve the car a lot compared to last year's.

"At the end of last year we were quite far from McLaren and Red Bull and in a group with Force India, behind Lotus and Sauber - so we cannot be in that group, we need to be with the leaders. We need to do a good job this winter."


Nico Rosberg: "We had a mixed day today with some laps lost this morning. However we were able to work through a good programme this afternoon and, of course, it's always nice to be quickest at the end of the day. In general, I feel happy and comfortable in the car and it feels better than the last time we were here at this track. There is still some work to be done on tyre degradation and our programme this afternoon was helpful in understanding that."


Kimi Raikkonen: "It wasn't an ideal day in terms of the number of laps we completed, but the car feels strong and we've made some good progress. After Jerez it's nice to be at a circuit where we race and the E21 is definitely a step in the right direction. There's lots of work yet to do this week but I'm happy with where we are at the moment."


Esteban Gutierrez: "It was quite a tricky day with the tyres. We were struggling with tyre management and, as a result, degradation. We tried different things in the morning, but then in the afternoon we had some issues with the set-up of the car. The good thing is we have a lot of data to analyse. This will be the basis for us to understand everything."

Force India

Paul Di Resta: "The first day of running was mainly about tyre work and making some comparisons with Jerez. I was running on the hard and the mediums and we got a good feel for them once again. We also did an aero programme this morning, which is part of the correlation work as we evaluate some of the new parts going on the car. The plan is for more of the same tomorrow."

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Pastor Maldonado: "It was a good day today. I felt happy after the first run this morning and we then completed a busy day of testing. It was great to get out on track in the new car. The FW35 feels like we have made a real step forward. There is still a lot to discover with the new car, but this is a good starting point for us for the season."

Toro Rosso

Daniel Ricciardo: "This was my first time back in the car since the second day in Jerez and we had a full programme of things to try. Because of some of the changes we chose to make to the car set-up, this involved quite a bit of time in the garage, therefore this was not a day for a lot of laps. I'm glad I'm driving tomorrow, because I feel I need to get a better understanding of what we started today. We have some homework to do overnight, but we know which direction to go in."


Charles Pic: "49 laps on the first day of the second test isn't the total we wanted, but we've still been able to complete quite a bit of today's program and with every lap I'm getting more and more comfortable in the car.

"In the morning session we ran through a similar program to the second day in Jerez last week, and we had planned more tyre work in the afternoon. When I went out for a stint after the lunch break I had a mechanical problem going into turn three and after we got the car back to the garage we found out it was a gearbox issue and that brought the day to an early end. We've already started work on the fix and I'm sure we'll be ready for tomorrow morning when we can get back to work."


Max Chilton: "It took a little while to get into our rhythm this morning as the track conditions were cool and green and the early part of our programme consisted mainly of checks with the KERS and other on-car systems. This afternoon we were able to get into a proper set-up programme and the initial results from that are quite promising.

"I am pleased with where I ended the day - P10 - in respect of the teams around us. Tomorrow we look forward to building on our performance after a night absorbing the data from the car. All in all, a good start for the Team here in Barcelona."

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