SILVERSTONE TEST – DAY ONE
Driver: Daniel Ricciardo
Best time: 1:35.248
Circuit length: 5.891km
Fastest Lap: Felipe Massa – Williams (1:35.242)
Fresh from his British Grand Prix podium, Daniel Ricciardo was back in the RB10 today for Day One of the two-day Silverstone test. Following a minor delay at the beginning of the session, Daniel completed a very useful 72 laps of Silverstone’s Arena Grand Prix circuit, getting through a long programme that mixed aerodynamic validation work and mechanical testing.
“It was a successful day, pretty productive,” said Daniel. “We got a lot more done than we thought because the rain we were expecting didn’t show up. A lot of what we were doing was for the engineers and aerodynamicists to look over back at the factory, and we’ve given them plenty of data to go on.”
Race Engineering Co-ordinator Andy Damerum underlined the importance of getting in a solid day of running. With tomorrow being a Pirelli tyre test day, this was the team’s final opportunity to test outside of a grand prix weekend before the end of the season.
“Today we were looking at the long term,” he said. “We will of course be testing on Fridays at grand prix meetings but there are certain things we can’t do there. We’ve gathered a wealth of information today, which will help us to map the way forward for the second half of the season.
“Our start today was a little delayed as we had some sensor glitches, which meant we were out about half-an-hour late – but we made up the time and were happy with the 72 laps that we completed. We gathered some good data that will help us as we move forward in the coming weeks.”
Tomorrow, Sebastian Vettel takes over for the second and final day of the test.