Thursday 1 March 2012
BARCELONA TEST 2 – DAY ONE
Driver: Mark Webber
Laps: 102 laps
Best time: 1:23.830
Circuit length: 4.655km
Fastest lap: R. Grosjean (1:23.252)
Red Bull Racing returned to Barcelona for the final test before the start of the 2012 season and, with Mark Webber at the wheel, the team enjoyed a faultless day and was able to get through the full planned programme.
Afterwards Mark admitted that there is still much work to be done. “We’re here at the last test now, it’s starting to build up for the first race and we’re pretty excited for that. However, we still have plenty to go through this week but so far so good.
“We certainly have a few more boxes to tick,” he added. “We have some crucial data to gather this week and the next three days will be really important. We’re learning every run and we are making progress I think.
“There are so many things to consider when we have a condensed winter programme like this,” Mark concluded. “You need to get your priorities right and concentrate on those. That’s where experience comes in and we have plenty of that. It’s going well so far but there aren’t enough hours in the day at the moment, though I’m sure we’re not the only team feeling that.”
Mark’s Race Engineer, Ciaron Pilbeam added: “We had a good run, with no reliability issues at all, so overall a very successful day. We spent the morning working through short runs and in the afternoon we did some longer runs, doing performance work. When you get through the full programme without problems there’s not much to say beyond that it was a good day.”