Vitaly and Nick shared driving duties again today as the team tested in sunny conditions in Barcelona.

Driver: Vitaly / Nick
Chassis: R31-01
Fastest Lap: Vitaly: 1:24.233 / Nick: 1:23.541
Position: Vitaly: P8 / Nick P6
Total laps: Vitaly: 24 / Nick: 32

What we learned today:

– Data collected on the braking system suggests the new components tried this morning are working as expected. Vitaly’s feedback was also positive.

– Set-up work with a heavy fuel load proved valuable with the team discovering several useful directions.

Vitaly: “Unfortunately we lost some time this morning because we had a problem with the KERS so we couldn’t do the longs runs we had planned. For the rest of the morning we did some brake work and continued getting more data on the tyres.”

Nick:“We spent the afternoon trying some different ideas with the set-up and we made quite a few improvements and learned some useful things. I ran on the medium and the soft tyres, and the car felt much better by the end of the day, but there is still a lot more work to complete before the last day of testing tomorrow.”

Alan Permane’s technical programme notes

– We ran both drivers again with Vitaly driving this morning and Nick in the afternoon. The plan was for Vitaly to do another race distance, but unfortunately our running was cut short with a KERS problem.

– For the afternoon with Nick, we concentrated on set-up work and ran the medium and soft tyres.

Did You Know?
This year’s KERS represents a weight saving of more than 10kg compared to 2009.

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