RÄIKKÖNEN ROBERTSON DRIVER MIKE CONWAY TESTS MERCEDES F3 ENGINE
Valencia, Spain - 23 December 2005 - British Formula 3 racer Mike Conway (Sevenoaks, Kent) had his maiden test as a Räikkönen Robertson Racing driver this week at Spain's Valencia circuit.
Despite rain scuppering the first day of his scheduled two-day test, Britain's leading F3 driver was pleased with the results from his first proper outing with the Mercedes-Benz engine. The driver said it was a welcome opportunity ten days before the testing ban is enforced until mid-February: "It was great to get a run out before the end of the year and, although we didn't run on the initial day, we were able to make some good progress when the track dried out."
The driver said there were only a few refinements made to the Double R car. "The car was pretty good, there wasn't too much to do and the team is on top of it, so it's looking good for next year."
Pelting rain had washed the track clean of rubber, leaving a different line to the one Conway was familiar with, however the 2004 Formula Renault Champion still managed to register the fastest time of the British F3 drivers testing at the circuit. "The track was different to last time I tested here and the corners couldn't be used to their full extent but we adjusted well and it came together by the end of the test," he said.
Team manager Anthony Hieatt expressed he was very happy with how the test went.
"It went exceedingly well, there was good atmosphere in spite of the wash out on Tuesday and the drivers got on very well," he said. "It was a pleasure to work with Mike after chasing him so hard for so long and the pace was there," Hieatt added.
Asked about the new Mercedes-Benz engine, Hieatt commented that little was needed for things to fall into place. "I think Mike was fairly pleased with the package he had - we made adjustments to suit him and the Mercedes engine did not miss a beat. It was just it was a nice day for the entire team."
Conway's on-track preparation for the 2006 British F3 title fight will resume the week commencing February 13th, when suspension of Formula 3 testing ends.