PRE-SEASON TEST #2, BARCELONA – DAY FOUR
Driver: Daniil Kvyat
Best time: 1:24.941
Circuit length: 4.655km
Fastest Lap: R. Grosjean (1:24.067)
Daniil Kvyat wrapped up a successful second pre-season test for Infiniti Red Bull Racing by completing 102 laps of the Circuit de Catalunya today on his way to the day’s third best time. After focusing on long runs yesterday afternoon, today’s programme saw Daniil conduct aero mapping work in the first part of the morning session before the team began to focus on set-up work in the remaining hours before lunch. During the afternoon the team conducted short runs, which yielded Daniil’s best time, and as the test came to an end the team once again switched to long runs.
“It was another good day for us,” said Daniil. ”We got through the programme quite nicely and achieved the desired amount of laps. We learned a lot that will be of benefit in the future and that’s what testing is all about. It was pretty windy out there today and it was quite tricky at times but we got the programme done and the lap time wasn’t bad at all. The steps we are making are encouraging and there is plenty of potential there.”
Head of Race Engineering Guillaume Rocquelin added: “We got through everything we wanted to do today, so the test ends on a positive note. After the mapping work early this morning we had planned to give Dany a short run but there were quite a few red flags and the last one, for Fernando, was serious enough to end the morning session. It’s good to note that he is OK. Because of that we switched the short run to the afternoon and that was pretty decent. After that it was more long runs to end the day. This test was never about performance for us – it was about achieving stability and reliability, getting in some pit stop practice, working on procedural things with the mechanics making sure we could run a race weekend without issue, which we did,. We achieved all of that and it puts us in a good place for the final test next week when hopefully we’ll begin to build in performance.”