Tuesday 1 March 2016

PRE-SEASON TEST #2, BARCELONA – DAY ONE
Driver: Daniil Kvyat
Car: RB12
Laps: 69
Best time: 1:25.049
Circuit length: 4.655km
Fastest Lap: N. Rosberg (1:23.022)

After a busy weekend of analysis following last week’s first outings in the Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer RB12, Daniil Kvyat today got our final four days of preparation for the start of the season underway in Barcelona. And despite a compromised morning session, due to a brake duct issue, the Russian driver posted a respectable 69 laps of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on his way to a best time of 1:25.049, set on soft compound tyres.

Commenting on his penultimate test day before the season-opener in Melbourne, Dany said: “We had a busy afternoon, which was good. We would obviously have liked to have done some more laps, but there is another day left available to me and I’ll try to make that as busy as possible. This morning we had a little bit of an issue with the brake ducts and it took a little bit of time to sort it out, but the guys did a good job and for the rest of the day there were absolutely no issues.”

Head of Race Engineering, Guillaume Rocquelin added: “Not a fantastic first day back at the track for us, as in the morning we had a brake system issue. It wasn’t a major issue – the fault was easy to rectify – but unfortunately there was some damage to one corner of the car and we therefore had to strip the back end, which was quite time consuming. When we got out in the afternoon we got stuck into the programme we had set for the day and we had a good second half to the day. Dany also had a run on the soft tyre. There was no suggestion of chasing lap time, but we just wanted to get a little bit more data. In all, not an ideal start to these final days in Barcelona but we’ll keep plugging away.