Saturday 3 March 2012
BARCELONA TEST – DAY THREE
Driver: Mark Webber
Laps: 70 laps
Best time: 1:22.662
Circuit length: 4.655km
Fastest lap: S. Perez (1:22.094)
Mark Webber returned to the cockpit of Red Bull Racing’s RB8. After set-up work in the morning, the planned longer runs in the afternoon session were interrupted by rain. However, despite the shortened session Mark professed himself happy with his final day’s testing ahead of his home grand prix in Melbourne in two weeks’ time.
“We had a pretty good run today and once again we learned a lot,” he said. “However, I suppose the thing that everyone’s obviously asking about is the changes we made to the car but I have to say the car was not massively different to the one I drove on Thursday. We went through our normal programme, nothing drastic happened, and we just keep working away. It would have been nice to have a few more laps today but then again we didn’t have a race simulation planned, so the rain didn’t really hurt us.
“For me the next stop now is Melbourne and I’m looking forward to that,” he added. “It’s always good to drive out of the pitlane there. Racing’s what we’re all here for and while testing is good, it’s nice to be on track all at the same time, all with the same window of opportunity to deliver – that’s what we love doing. I’m looking forward to that weekend unfolding, and the rest of the races. It’ll be good to get the season going.”
Mark’s Race Engineer, Ciaron Pilbeam added: “We had a new chassis for Mark today with some developments parts on board. The run plan was pretty much the same as yesterday, concentrating on set-up work and short runs in the morning and with longer runs planned for the afternoon.
“Unfortunately, because of the rain we had we didn’t get to complete all of the programme. Some people opted to run in the wet but we chose not to, as for us the track was neither one thing nor the other; not wet enough to gather the data we would have wanted and not dry enough to make it worthwhile running.