PRE-SEASON TEST #2, BARCELONA – DAY THREE
Driver: Daniil Kvyat
Best time: 1:26.589
Circuit length: 4.655km
Fastest Lap: P. Maldonado (1:24.348)
Day three of the first of this year’s pre-season tests in Barcelona saw Daniil Kvyat take over from Daniel Ricciardo at the wheel of the RB11. Following a similar schedule to yesterday’s – albeit hampered by mid-morning rain – the Russian worked steadily through a morning programme of untimed runs and pit stop practice followed by short runs and tyre work in advance of the team’s afternoon programme. Having completed 34 laps in the morning for a best time of 1:26.589, Daniil switched to a sequence of long runs in the afternoon that eventually saw his lap total for the day rise to 112.
“We learned a lot today,” smiled Daniil afterwards. “It was good to follow up Daniel’s total of yesterday with a lot of laps again today. That kind of consistent running is very useful for us and very encouraging. It’s hard to know where we are and it’s too early to make any kind of predictions, even though we’re getting closer to the first race. We’re just getting on with the job, making the car better every day and very productive days like today are really important.”
Head of Race Engineering Guillaume Rocquelin added: “Today’s running with Dany was pretty much a carbon copy of what we did with Daniel yesterday, although this morning we were hampered a bit by the weather conditions. As yesterday, we got through a lot of pit stop practice and tyre work in the morning but today the conditions for the last hour of the morning meant it was largely pointless to do any running, so we lost maybe 30 laps of running there. However, in the afternoon we switched Dany over to long runs and worked through that programme without any hitches. It is reassuring to have done these two days of long distance runs without problems at all. It means that we now have a solid baseline to work from and we can move forward to the next phase of our testing work, which should build on performance.”