The car was unveiled in the Jerez pits prior to the start of testing, with Van der Garde driving the car on the opening day.
“First it’s great to be back at work and I’m pleased with how day one on track has gone. We completed a very decent number of laps today without any major issues and I was pretty comfortable in the car straight away,” he said.
“Day one is all about making sure everything in the car works as it’s supposed to and apart from a couple of minor issues with the floor we didn’t really have to make any changes to the car straight out of the box. We also ran through a number of procedures that are new to me, particularly starts as we didn’t do too many of those last year, but the main thing for me is the tyres. They definitely feel different to what I ran in the Friday sessions I did in 2012 and that’s going to be a focus for us in the tests, to get as much as we can out of them.”
“It’s obviously far too early to make any judgements on the performance levels we can expect from the 2013 package but compared to the car I drove in Brazil it feels like we’ve made some good progress over the winter. Tomorrow will be more of the same for us – running through more procedures and a few setup options across the range of tyres we have available here and hopefully getting as many laps in as possible.”