The first day of testing for the 2011 season got underway today in Valencia, Spain. The team’s new Belgian driver Jerome D’Ambrosio was at the wheel of the 2010 VR-01 race car to undertake the first laps of the year, before testing with the new MVR-02 commences in Jerez next week.

In warm and sunny conditions, Jerome completed a total of 71 laps and the team were able to work through a detailed programme of systems evaluation and tyre testing with the new-for-2011 Pirelli rubber. He ended the day 7th overall in the classification with a best lap of 1:16.003.

Tomorrow it will be Timo Glock’s turn in the car for the first of his two days of running in Valencia, when he will continue to evaluate new parts ahead of the roll-out of the new MVR-02 next week in Jerez.

Jerome D’Ambrosio
“Today was an excellent day and I was really looking forward to driving the car for the first time as a Formula One driver. It really is an amazing feeling and I’m really excited for the season ahead. I think today was a good start. I’m getting used to the Pirelli tyres and working really well with the team, who are doing a great job. Now I can’t wait for my next day in the car, which will be in Jerez and driving the new MVR-02 car.”

John Booth, Team Principal
“It’s great to be back. We are really looking forward to our second season in Formula 1. Jerome did a very good job today in the car and I’m really pleased with how the team is working. We have started out on the right note but there is still a lot to be done. We are heading in the right direction and I’m very pleased with the way things are progressing at this very early stage.”