Circuit: Mugello, 5.245 kms
Driver: Daniel Ricciardo
Car: STR7 – 04
Best time: 1:21.604
The last of the three days of testing at Mugello was again held in dry weather, making for consistent conditions over the past two days, which is ideal for testing. Having driven for a short time yesterday afternoon, Daniel Ricciardo was in the cockpit all day, continuing the work of evaluating new components, and general development of the car.
Daniel Ricciardo: “A good day with a high mileage, getting through all our programme, which is always your first target at a test. With new parts you always hope they will deliver a big improvement, but the reality is that we must now look at the data to see where we really are. Certainly, from the cockpit I was happy with the feeling I had from the car and I really enjoyed driving this beautiful circuit again.”
Laurent Mekies (Chief Engineer): “Another full day with plenty of running and over a hundred laps completed in ideal conditions. Overall this has been a very productive test for us and we managed to make up for the time lost through bad weather on Tuesday, so we have effectively had two and a half days of testing, during which we got through plenty of work, testing several new components, with both drivers completing a high mileage. The team worked hard here in Mugello, but now that work must continue in the factory, as it is up to us to choose the best configuration and set-up specifications for the upcoming races and the right path to follow in terms of car development. That will involve carrying out a careful study of all the useful data we have gathered here.”