Having taken over from Daniel Ricciardo in the cockpit of the STR6 yesterday afternoon, Jaime Alguersuari had the car to himself today. The good weather continued, allowing the team to work through a programme which featured three key elements; tyre evaluation, weight distribution and car set-up work. Sebastien Buemi takes over driving duties tomorrow, for the final two days of this test.
Jaime Alguersuari: “After another day and a half in the car here, following on from last week in Valencia, I feel we have made progress in terms of our understanding of the Pirelli tyres, which was one of our main targets this week. I tried all compounds except the Super-soft here and I had a good feeling from the car with all of them, getting an idea of their different behaviour. I also made progress in terms of using the KERS and the DRS (downforce reduction system) which to be honest, does not look as complicated as I expected it to be. The important thing is that we are making progress every time I go out of the garage. In performance terms, it is still a bit too early to start drawing conclusions, especially as the lap times here vary a lot from the morning to the afternoon, but I am reasonably confident that this side of the car’s progress is on the right track. Of course, there is still a lot of work to do, but now Buemi will drive for another two days, so I expect to find even more improvements when I get back in the car in Barcelona next week.”
Circuit: Circuito de Jerez – 4,423 kms
Driver: Jaime Alguersuari
Chassis: STR6 – 02
Best time: 1:21.214, 72 laps