Comments from the Spyker MF1 team after the second day of testing at Silverstone
Dominic Harlow, Head of Race and Test Engineering:
"The second and final day of this test saw the team operating two cars, as we first undertook a brief shakedown of a car destined for a demonstration event at Treviso in Italy this weekend. Ronnie Quintarelli, who will demonstrate the car, drove the shakedown laps."
"Alexandre Premat ran his first full F1 test today in the other M16 chassis in preparation for his Friday driving duties in China. He was up to speed quickly and the engineers decided to carry out a tyre programme for part of the afternoon in preparation for the coming event."
"The day`s weather conditions were less than ideal, with strong winds gusting in the aftermath of Hurricane Gordon. This adversely effected the cars` balance and grip in the fast corners that characterise this circuit."
"I was really impressed with my first time driving a Formula 1 car. The engine power was good, but the performance of the brakes was very different to what I am used to. I kept thinking I was late braking for a corner, but then realised the brakes and downforce allowed me to drive in a different style. I now have a better feel for the car and am looking forward to driving in Treviso."
"It was really exciting to drive a Formula 1 car for the first time. I think we did a good job today by covering 82 laps. I would like to thank the MF1 Racing team and engineers for their support, as I certainly came away from today`s test with a good feeling. I am really looking forward to getting back into the car in Shanghai."
Alexandre Premat / Ronnie Quintarelli
Chassis: M16-01 and M16-4
Engine: Toyota RVX-06 GO156
Fastest Lap: Premat: 1:23.200 / Quintarelli: SHAKEDOWN
Number of laps: Premat: 82 / Quintarelli: 6
Distance: Premat: 422km / Quintarelli: 31km / Total: 453km
-credit: spyker mf1