The STR8 completed its highest number of laps so far here in Barcelona, as Jean-Eric Vergne stepped into the cockpit for the first time this week.
The job list included a continuation of the set-up evaluation on the car, as well as running the Soft Pirelli tyres for the first time at this track. Therefore the main theme of the day was to work out the most appropriate set-up options on the car to match the different compounds. The car ran reliably again today and the aim was to pack in as much work as possible, as it is expected to rain tomorrow for the final day. If the track is wet, then having a first look at the rain tyres, which have also changed for this year, will be a useful exercise and the team will also start looking at race procedures such as pit stop drills.
Jean-Eric Vergne: “We did a solid day’s work on a track that is definitely more demanding than Jerez and that gives you a better picture of what your car can do. We did a really good job with a lot of laps, so I am very happy about that. Everything we test seems to give us more tools to work with, for when the time comes to start looking for the best set-up and balance and getting performance out of the car. I’d say the car shows excellent potential, which we will begin to exploit at the next test.”
Vergne continues to drive the STR8 tomorrow, for the final day of the test.