Alexander Rossi was on duty for Caterham on the opening day of the Formula 1 Young Drivers Test at Silverstone. Here is his report:
Total laps: 69
Best lap: 1.35.651
Alexander Rossi: “It’s been a productive day and I think we’re all pleased we’ve completed such a good number of laps. Obviously for me today was another piece of the F1 jigsaw [puzzle], adding more experience of the 2013 car on top of the Canadian GP FP1 session [which] I did in June, but really my main priority was helping the team continue the push towards the cars ahead.
“After the installation lap we were straight into the program, running through a number of test items in both the morning and afternoon sessions that will help the team in the coming races. We didn’t have any reliability issues until late in the day when we had a hydraulics problem and that unfortunately meant I didn’t have a chance to put in a really quick lap, but we were still able to complete most of the day’s plan and that’s good, for the team and for me as it means we have both got pretty much everything we could from day one of the test.” (Caterham)