Date: 14 February 2008
Duration of test: 3 days
Driver Day 3: Anthony Davidson
No. of Laps: 103
Best Lap Time: 1:21.010
Position: 13th (16 cars)
Weather: Overcast for the majority of the day, breezy
in the afternoon
Temperatures: Air (min/max): 13C-21C, Track (min/max): 13C-28C
TOTAL TEST LAPS 294
TOTAL TEST MILEAGE 1301.8 kilometres
SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM concluded its test in Jerez today with Anthony Davidson taking over the final driving duties. It was Anthony's first time back in the car since December 2007 and he quickly acclimatised himself to the circuit and new 2008 electronics systems. He worked through a structured programme of chassis and aero tests, combined with control system performance evaluations; including race starts. The SAF1 Team now move on to Barcelona for the test next week, where wet weather conditions are forecast.
"I have enjoyed what has effectively been our first test of 2008 because we have covered a lot of laps and completed a comprehensive programme. We tried many variations of set-up, ran through systems checks and the usual tyre programme with no issues, so I believe that this has been a very good test for us. Everyone in the team has done a great job and I hope that we can maintain this momentum during the next two tests."
"It was good to be back in the car after a long winter break. It was a dry day in Jerez, however the wind picked up in the afternoon making it difficult out on track to find good balance. We got a lot of positive runs in and completed 103 laps with everything running reliably. We continued learning about the MES system from team and driver perspectives and I think that we made good progress overall today."
Gerry Hughes, Chief Race Engineer
"This weeks running has seen SAF1 Team accrue a huge amount of mileage coupled with a greater understanding of the new for 2008 MES electronic system. The team quickly picked up its rhythm working with Taku and Anthony ensuring the positional changes made during the winter are effective as SAF1 works towards the first race in Melbourne. The whole team has worked tirelessly over the three days and I would like to thank them, along with Honda and Bridgestone Potenza, for their efforts. SAF1 Team now looks forward to its private test in Barcelona next week."