Barcelona Day 1: Red Bull report

Mark Webber

Feb:26 (YF1) Mark Webber; Car: RB6-01; Laps: 109; Best time: 1:21.487; Circuit length: 4.655 km; Fastest lap: Mark Webber: 1:21.487

After the soggy conditions last week in Jerez, it was bright and sunny today in Barcelona. The team’s programme included a race weekend simulation within one day, as they ran through procedures for P3, qualifying and a race.

Ian Morgan, Head of Race Engineering said, “Today was always planned as a race weekend simulation day, so we did some testing along with P3 and qualifying in the morning and a race simulation in the afternoon. Everything went very well up until halfway through the race simulation, when something in the data made us decide to stop the car on track. It was nothing major though and we got the car repaired and back out until the end of the session. It went well today, apart from that small reliability issue.”

Mark Webber said: “We had a pretty good day of testing. We did some simulations and performance items in the morning and a race simulation in the afternoon. We had a precautionary stop in the middle of the race simulation because of a gearbox oil alarm, but the guys got the car turned around pretty quickly and we finished the session, so it wasn’t too bad.”

Sebastian Vettel will be driving for the next two days of this final four-day test, with Mark taking over again on Sunday.