Barca Day Two: Driver reaction

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

Last Updated: 20/02/13 6:34pm

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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.

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Red Bull

Sebastian Vettel: "We had some issues with reliability today and we couldn't do as many laps as we wanted, but I think it's better that this kind of thing happens today rather than in Australia.

"It was nothing disastrous, just small things that hampered us today. We stopped the car once as we saw a small loss of pressure. The second stop towards the end of the day caused a red flag and it simply took too much time to turn everything around, so we couldn't get out again."


McLaren: "Normally we see in winter testing a lot of degradation, but never this much. We are going to have sometimes cold races like here, so it's a bit of a worry, but we are still learning about the tyres and once we go racing I hope things can change with the tyres.

"As a driver obviously you can help the tyres to last a bit longer, but at the moment we are learning from the tyre is basically very weak and there's very little the driver can do now to help the degradation.

"The tyre is difficult to do two or three laps with it. Once you do a lap you are starting to fight degradation so it's pretty difficult to learn anything from your car or from the balance."


Kimi Raikkonen: "If yesterday wasn't an ideal day then today was more of the same. Fortunately, once we were able to get a lap in we could see that the car has good pace. We test to find any problems so in that respect we're doing a good job, but it's frustrating. It's no secret that we want to get more laps on the board and that's the target for the rest of this test and the final sessions next week."


Lewis Hamilton: "We had a good day today and it was nice to get so many laps in. We're making continual steps forward in terms of our understanding of the set-up and the tyres. The hard compound work in particular was pretty good today, although all of tyres are showing degradation so looking after them isn't easy.

"The guys are working really hard both here and at the factory, and it's encouraging to see the amount of work that's being put in. We're focusing on our own programme and just getting on with it."


Nico Hulkenberg: "We got a lot done, but also had some issues today. I did quite a lot of running, but it was difficult because the tyres degraded quite quickly. In addition, it was not easy for us today to use the full potential of the tyres on a single quick lap. There is definitely room for improvement."

Force India

Paul Di Resta: "We stopped a little bit early today, but we still got plenty of running under our belt and we're learning more and more about the car as we go along - that's what winter testing is all about. Understanding the tyres is always a priority and we're getting a feel for the degradation rates, which have been quite high, although we have to remember that the track temperatures here are lower than we can expect at most races.

"We've run most of the tyres apart from the super-softs so far. Learning about the tyres and a new car at the same time is never easy, but we're pretty pleased with how things have gone during the first couple of days."


Valtteri Bottas: "I had a really strong first impression of the FW35 today. Once we completed the aero work this morning I was able to complete my first proper run to feel the FW35 and the improvements we have made.

"Straight out of the box I knew we had made a step forward from last year, and I am looking forward to working to develop the car even further. It's great to know we have a really good base to start from but there are still a number of areas we can improve, so I'm really excited for the season ahead."

Toro Rosso

Daniel Ricciardo: "A very productive day, testing various suspension options, which was very interesting and has provided us with plenty of data to look at. Therefore it was not a day for the time sheets, but one during which we learned a lot.

"It's been interesting evaluating the Pirelli tyres, which have different characteristics to those from last year, but we will need some higher temperatures before we get an accurate picture of how they perform. Now it's down to Jean-Eric to carry on for the next couple of days, before I get my final two days of testing when we come back here in just over one week."


Charles Pic: "My second day in the car in Barcelona was a positive step from yesterday but we still have work to do to get the car's performance to where we want it to be by Melbourne. After losing some time on day one it was important to get as many kilometres done as possible and completing 102 laps gives us a lot of data to work through and will help us progress over the next two days of this test, and to prepare for next week.

"There are definitely positives to take from my two days on track this week, and with every lap I'm getting more comfortable in the car and with the whole team. There are a few areas for us to look at to extract more performance, but this week hasn't been about times, it's been focused on working through various setup options and understanding the tyres which are going to be as important this year as they were in 2012. We will continue that work next week and I'm sure we'll make more progress there."


Max Chilton: "The work that we have been doing today is very important for improving some of the on-car systems but we've focused more on shorter runs and we weren't able to get into the tyre evaluation and set-up work that were part of my programme.

"I did have the chance for one quick lap right at the end, which moved us ahead of Caterham on the timesheet, and that's why it would have been good to complete that part of the programme. It's been a good day in terms of what we have learned though as all data is good data at this important phase of our development."

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