“We had a good day again,” Mark said. “The car was reliable, so hopefully the weather will stay dry tomorrow and then rain on Saturday, so we get a good week out of it!
“I feel I’m ready for the first race now and while, of course you want a good run at your home race, I don’t want to jinx with it any forecasts,” he added. “In terms of team preparation, it’s the best we’ve ever had going into the first part of a season in terms of reliability. All the departments have done a sensational job in getting every aspect ready. Hopefully, we’re not too far from our main rivals to start with and we’ll just go from there.”
Head of Race Engineering Ian Morgan added, “It’s been a good week so far, with no major difficulties. The weather helped us out a bit as well. With track temperatures near 30°C, it was nice to finally get a bit of running in the kind of conditions we may see at some European races. All in all, a successful day and I think Mark’s now pretty comfortable with everything. He has a good feel for the car and how the tyres work, which is more important than ever this season.
“Tomorrow, it will be Seb’s turn to complete his pre-season work. We’ll run through a similar programme to today and, as with Mark, try to get him as comfortable as possible with everything before we pack up for Australia.”
Driver: Mark Webber
Car: RB7 – 03
Laps: 97 laps
Best time: 1:22.466
Circuit length: 4.655km
Fastest lap: S Perez – Sauber F1 Team (1:21.761)