Team AirAsia made real progress today in the third official pre-season test at Yas Marina Circuit. Using two sets of tyres in the afternoon session paid off for Davide Valsecchi who finished the day P2 recording his best time of 1:36.47 on lap 24 lap out of a total of 50 laps. Luiz Razia did full tank runs in the afternoon session and collected useful race data, completing 52 laps and finishing thirteenth with a best time of 1:37.14.
Davide Valsecchi "We are all confident with how it went today. It looks like some of the other teams may have used news tyres this morning, so our positioning today might not reflect accurately, but we will see. In the meantime, we have improved over the last few days which is very positive, and I feel confident that we are strong enough to be in the top ten for sure, maybe the top five. We will find out more tomorrow."
Luiz Razia "Today was very positive, we did some long runs to help us understand a race situation better. At midday we were placed around the P6 mark and as a reference this is very good. Overall the team are working really hard and we are discovering just what this new car is possible of, so I am looking forward to another day of testing tomorrow."
Phill Spencer Team Manager "Two fast cars in second and thirteenth at the end of test day three is brilliant! Luiz elected to save a set of tyres and instead concentrate on full tank runs, so we gained some useful information there and Davide was consistently very quick, so all in all we are really pleased with how the day has gone. "
Humphrey Corbett Chief Engineer "Of course I am pleased, but we must be careful not to read into these results too much as we don't know what strategies other teams were using. However we know other people were on new tyres at the same time as us, so I'm very pleased Davide is right up there. It will only be apparent in qualifying if we are as good as this performance suggests we could be but I also want to say that both drivers did a sterling job today. Luiz made some long runs and saved a set of tyres for tomorrow, so I am sure he will be very quick. All in all it's been a satisfying day."
Testing resumes Monday 7th February 09:00 -12:00 & 14:00 -- 17:00 (local time +4hrs GMT)
-source: team airasia