SILVERSTONE TEST – DAY 1
Circuit: Silverstone Circuit – 5,891 kms
Driver: Jean-Eric Vergne
Car: STR9 chassis number 04
Best time: 1:36.688
The third in-season test got underway today at Silverstone in warm and humid conditions. Jean-Eric Vergne was at the wheel of the STR9 and his day was very much one of two halves – an interesting and productive morning, followed by a frustrating afternoon, with not much running because of a technical problem with the car. The first part of the day saw the Frenchman tackle an aero programme, completing short runs to acquire data for the engineers. The team then worked on two chassis tests aimed at answering questions raised during Sunday’s Grand Prix. In the afternoon, the team shook down some new Energy Store batteries and there were some issues with these units. These will all be changed for tomorrow, when Daniil Kvyat takes over driving duties for the second and final day tomorrow.
Jean-Eric Vergne: “Looking for a positive side to today, I’d say the car felt good on the three runs I managed to complete, but we didn’t achieve much in terms of real testing.”