The third and final day of the Young Driver Test at Silverstone saw the Marussia F1 Team’s Reserve Driver Rodolfo Gonzalez at the wheel of the MR02 for the morning session and Jules Bianchi in the car this afternoon.
Rodolfo completed the programme he began yesterday, providing him with valuable experience and the team with an evaluation opportunity for development parts. This afternoon Jules worked his way through the checklist of Pirelli tyre test evaluations but his day was cut short by a mechanical problem which caused him to spin off track. The resulting damage was minimal but with only an hour of the session remaining the Team decided to curtail his session.
Rodolfo Gonzalez: “Once again I’ve been very happy to be back in the car as the more mileage and experience I can gather, the better. I’ll be running in FP1 again in Hungary so the work I have done here this week will benefit me for sure. The morning was not entirely smooth as I had a couple of spins out on track; nothing more than perhaps trying to push a little too hard on my performance runs after having focused more on the development work. It has been a good part of the learning curve so I am looking forward to putting this into practice again next week.”
Jules Bianchi: “A flying visit to Silverstone for me to conduct the afternoon programme today. I think it was a very useful opportunity to work with the tyres we will use from Hungary onwards and every lap gives us some vital information, so it has been good to be here. It’s a shame we experienced the mechanical problem near the end of the day. It could be fixed, but it would take all of the running time remaining, so we had to cut short our day. Hopefully we have learned a lot this week that will help us next weekend in Hungary.”
John Booth, Team Principal: “After an improved day yesterday we have again encountered a few frustrations today. Rodolfo worked more on performance runs for his development this morning and that has certainly given him more experience of new tyres, something that he doesn’t get to experience during FP1 sessions. We also finished off working on some control system development before returning the car to a standard specification for the Pirelli tyre testing with Jules this afternoon. We completed one test and were about to move on to the second, but unfortunately we suffered a car problem. Jules has gathered valuable data on the hard and medium compounds, which will be useful race information. Unfortunately he didn’t get to complete the programme, including running the soft compound, but we are pleased to have gathered good data for Pirelli and we’re now looking forward to Budapest next week.” (Marussia)
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