Circuit: Catalunya, 4.655 kms
Driver: Daniel Ricciardo
Car: STR8 chassis number 03
Best time: 1:25.483
Once again, the rain affected everyone’s programmes at this the final test of the year. The track was wet for most of the day, although it did dry for a while in the afternoon, but even then, temperatures were so low that it was hard to get the tyres operating properly. For Daniel, this was his first time running the 2013 Pirelli rain tyres so that was a valuable experience for him and when the track was dry, the team tried to tick off as many points as possible from the job list. The day ended with some full-kit pit stop practice, which was useful for the crew. Jean-Eric is back in the car tomorrow, when the emphasis will shift from testing elements of the new car to work on race weekend simulation.
Daniel Ricciardo: “Looking on the positive side, the changing weather meant I was able to try the Pirelli rain, intermediate and soft tyres, so that was interesting. However, the rain did make life tricky for all of us and although we got plenty done today, I’m looking forward to achieving more on my last day on Sunday, when the weather is meant to be much better.”