Adrian Sutil took over the wheel for the fourth and final day of the Etihad Aldar Spyker Formula One Team test at the Circuit de Castellet Paul Ricard. Running once more on the 1E-SC Short Circuit configuration, the team's work again focussed on preparations for next month's Canadian Grand Prix.
In clear, sunny weather conditions Adrian worked through a programme to evaluate tyres, brake balance and set-up for Canada. Over the course of the day, the German completed over 400km in total with a best time of 1min 29.869.
The team will now briefly return to its Silverstone HQ before heading to the South of France for the fifth race of the year, the Monaco Grand Prix, next week.
Dominic Harlow, chief race and test engineer:
"Great conditions today for testing. Adrian worked on set-up options for Canada, tyre evaluation and continued a control systems programme. We made a small breakthrough with the car set-up that will particularly help the front-end performance and should pay real dividends in Monaco, Canada and Indy."
"A lot more data was collected and the team will go away to analyse it over the coming days. The next team test will be at our home circuit Silverstone following the USA GP where we hope to continue the development of the F8-VII and further reduce the gap to the cars ahead."
"We had a lot of on the agenda to work through today. We tried out the tyre options available for Canada and although we still have some difficulties trying to get the most out of them, we did make a big step with the car set-up, got some positive running in and made some improvements. We especially got some information about the car under braking, the balance was good and it looks hopeful for Canada."
Driver: Adrian Sutil
Best lap time: 1min 29.869
Laps completed: 83
Kilometres completed: 436km