Team AirAsia press release
Caterham Team AirAsia successfully concluded the first of the two post-season tests today in Jerez with another fine performance from two new drivers Alexander Rossi and Ricardo Teixeira.
Rossi, lead driver in the AirAsia Team Lotus Driver Development Programme, familiarised himself with the new GP2 car this morning and completed 37 laps. The American followed up with another 31 laps this afternoon to improve his time on a new set of tyres to finish the day in an impressive P6.
Team Lotus test driver Ricardo Teixeira tested in Jerez two years ago and today worked closely with the team to run through several test programs to complete a total of 54 valuable laps, finishing P21. Satisfied with the outcome of this test the team will now return to the factory for two weeks before taking their new data to the final test of the year in Barcelona on 19th - 20th October.
Phill Spencer: "We've had a very good day today, albeit in very hot conditions! Both drivers are pretty happy with their days work. Alexander improved this afternoon - He run a set of tyres in the hottest part of the day and improved his lap time whilst most other people set their quickest laps earlier on, so we were happy to get P6. Ricardo also did well to get used to the car and the team and performed well on all his runs. We are pleased with all four drivers we've had this week, we have worked through the test methodically and have learnt a lot so we have achieved our goals."
Alexander Rossi ( Best Lap: 1:27.897 / Total laps: 68 ): "This afternoon was much better than this morning. It's been a big adjustment for me to get used to the GP2 car - to say it's different from a World Series car is an understatement, but once we'd figured out the balance it was good fun. We are missing a little time but I think that it will come. I like this track, it's difficult on tyres especially in these hot conditions but at the end of the day we came out looking quite good and I am looking forward to the next test in Barcelona. These cars are quicker than World Series, so as a driver you got to love that!"
Ricardo Teixeira (Best Lap: 1:29.788 / Total laps: 45): "It was really nice to get back into a car after a very long time. We had a good run today. The tyres are quite difficult to get used to, they're quite different from two years ago when I raced in the GP2 Series, but it was fun. I managed to get some speed back which will help me in the Barcelona test for sure. Unfortunately I have a hand injury which was quite painful, but overall it was worth it to be back in the car and working with all the boys!"
Humphrey Corbett: "We've had a good day, a good week in fact! Alexander is a very gifted driver and very professional, he worked well with Chris his engineer and adapted to the new GP2 car and Pirelli tyres well. He was not afraid to go for it and in the end he was sixth which is very promising -especially as we didn't manage do our quickest times when the track was at its best, so we are happy with that. Ricardo was suffering with an old injury to his hand, but he did put in a very solid day of running despite that. Unfortunately a red light came on when he was starting his best lap, so through no fault of his own he didn't get the best out of his new tyres. I have been very impressed with him though, he did some useful tyres test for us and hasn't put a foot wrong. They have all done very well this week and we have learnt a great deal, a lot of which we will take to the Barcelona test next month."