Driver: Mark Webber
Laps: 97 laps
Best time: 1:19.184
Circuit length: 4.428km
Fastest lap: M. Schumacher (1:18.561)
After the RB8 made its track debut yesterday, Mark Webber put the car through its paces over 97 laps of the Circuito de Jerez today and ended the day as the fastest of 2012 spec cars, marginally adrift of the 2011 Mercedes of Michael Schumacher.
Mark commented: “It was pretty good today. I think we’re making good progress although, as I keep saying, it’s still very early days in the concept of the car and we have a lot to get through before we race it. But it’s the same for all the teams.“
“We did well on the mileage today,“ he added. “I guess we could have done a bit more, but it was positive overall and the conditions were good to test in.“
Head of Race Engineering Ian Morgan added: “After yesterday’s brief delay we had a pretty full programme to get through today and I’m pleased to say we got through the majority of it. There were a couple of minor niggles, but nothing major, so we didn’t really lose any time. Mark did some work evaluating the available Pirelli tyre compounds.
Sebastian is in the car tomorrow and we have a large programme to get through with him. We will get Seb settled and up to speed and then work through some more aero and tyre evaluation. So, there’s another busy day ahead.“