GP2 champion Valsecchi quickest as test ends

By on Thursday, November 8, 2012


 1.  Davide Valsecchi     Lotus-Renault       1m42.677s           86
 2.  Kevin Magnussen      McLaren-Mercedes    1m42.827s  + 0.150  51
 3.  Esteban Gutierrez    Sauber-Ferrari      1m43.093s  + 0.416  80
 4.  Robin Frijns         Red Bull-Renault    1m43.233s  + 0.556  53
 5.  Oliver Turvey        McLaren-Mercedes    1m43.604s  + 0.927  44
 6.  Luiz Razia           Toro Rosso-Ferrari  1m45.286s  + 2.609  68
 7.  Alexander Rossi      Caterham-Renault    1m46.485s  + 3.808  86


Caterham F1 Team

Robin Frijns (Red Bull Racing): "It was a long day and we tested a lot on the car. I think I did a good job for the team and team worked hard with me so I’m pleased with how it all went. In the morning I was driving a little in cruise control as we were doing some aero work and the team needed accurate data with the flow-vis. In the afternoon there was some mechanical work, which was good and I think the team gathered a lot of useful data. I’d like to thank Renault for the opportunity to come to Red Bull Racing for this test in the RB8. It’s the quickest car at the moment, so it was a real pleasure to drive for them today. Thanks also to Red Bull Racing for giving me this opportunity to drive the car".

Davide Valsecchi (Lotus): "It’s been a really good experience for me. I was very pleased with my sessions and followed everything the team asked of me without making any mistakes. I took it very easy in the morning so I could get used to the car and soon became more confident, meaning towards the end I was much better in terms of pace. The team listened to my feedback and made the changes I suggested, particularly towards the end of running. I want to say thank you to Lotus F1 Team who have been really good; the engineers and the mechanics have all been brilliant and it has been a great day for me".

Esteban Gutierrez (Sauber): "I think today’s programme was very useful. Not only for me, but also for the team because we were able to test and analyse a lot of different things. I tried to give precise feedback over the day and in the end I was pushing a bit with the soft tyres, but I must admit I didn’t manage to make use of the peak of the tyres’ performance. Nevertheless I am very happy with how the two days of testing went and I want to thank the Sauber F1 Team for all its work".

Luiz Razia (Toro Rosso): "It was tough for me today, because I’ve been running a fever, although it didn’t stop me completing the programme. Like on Tuesday, the team had plenty of work for me to do and I was happy that I was able to find a good balance on the car and also had more confidence when it came to changing settings from the steering wheel while I was driving. Overall, these two days in the car have been a great experience for me and I really enjoyed working with an Italian team, as everyone at Toro Rosso made me feel very welcome".

Alexander Rossi (Caterham): "It’s been a great day in the car and I want to thank the whole team for giving me the chance to drive in Abu Dhabi. I last drove this car in FP1 in Barcelona back in May and it’s definitely come on a long way since then. The plan today was mostly focused on running through setup options. With such limited time on Fridays at a GP this was a chance for us to work through a whole range of different setups and I’m sure we’ve helped give the team a lot of information that will come into play at the last two races of the season. It’s obviously not ideal that we had to end the session early, but when I boxed after my 14th run there was oil on the garage floor so the engineers had to call the session over. That meant I didn’t have the chance to do any performance runs and I’m sure if I did my laptimes would have been close to the race drivers, but issues like that are just one of those things. They’ll take a proper look at what caused the problem and I’m sure it won’t affect the team’s preparations for Austin or Brazil".

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