Barcelona February testing II (2015)
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Sauber's F1 rookie has targeted registering right from the start in the Australian Grand Prix in less than two weeks' time.
Only two days of testing for new machine means Mexican thinks team is underprepared for F1 opener.
Pre-season testing ends with the teams having tried all the 2015 tyres apart from the full wet.
Sebastian Vettel: "...It’s clear that Mercedes is still ahead by quite a way, but right behind there is us, Williams and Red Bull, all very close.
Sergio Perez completed his first miles in the VJM08, clocking 130 laps at the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona.
Daniel Ricciardo: "I feel really ready to race now and I think we’ll be good come Melbourne.”
Nico Rosberg: "We are very optimistic. Now, I look forward to flying to Australia and getting back to racing."
Giampaolo Dall’Ara: "Today we had a positive end to an overall satisfactory pre-season campaign."
Eric Boullier: "Looking back at the last four weeks, our winter test programme has been difficult."
Pastor Maldonado: "My braking was compromised coming into turn four, meaning I went off the track and hit the barriers."
Early super-soft run means Williams packs up early, with Mercedes content to shield its pace advantage once again.
Last day of Formula One pre-season testing, and super-soft ‘qualifying simulation’ runs dominate the timesheets.
Kimi Raikkonen: “Overall it hasn’t been a bad test since we covered a race distance today."
Kevin Magnussen: "It’s good working with Honda, they’re a very enthusiastic team, you can feel they have a desire to succeed – they’re here to win."
Marcus Ericsson: "All in all it was a good day for the final preparations before going to Melbourne.”
Nico Hülkenberg: “It was a very positive day in terms of reliability and getting a lot of mileage under our belts."
Romain Grosjean: "I can’t wait to for the season to start."
Reliability issues mean that early-season flyaways will come too soon for new Honda-powered era.
Lewis Hamilton: "It wasn't a particularly spectacular day."
Felipe Massa: "We had another good day with over 100 laps completed."
Carlos Sainz Jr.: "This was the sort of day we needed and it went really well."
Day three of test ends with the World Champion outpacing the pack, despite running a harder tyre.
Veteran engineer Pat Symonds admits factory Merc squad is still out front, but thinks Williams is poised to lead the chase.
Mercedes chasers go to war on super-soft tyres, but they’re still slower than Rosberg from yesterday on softs.
Vettel admits Rosberg's time on soft tyres was "awesome" as World Champions show their hand.
Kimi Raikkonen: "In a few days in Melbourne we will find out where we really are..."
Pastor Maldonado: "I still feel fresh after 140 laps!"
Nico Hülkenberg: "We were able to run reliably straight out of the box and that is very encouraging."
The team did a fantastic job to replace the power-unit ahead of today’s session.
The Russian completed 84 laps of the Circuit de Catalunya for a best time of 1:26.965.
Today's schedule consisted of aero analysis work in the morning, followed by setup evaluation in the afternoon.
Valtteri Bottas: "The day was busy and we know there is still more to come, I feel positive and the balance was good."
What exactly occurred when Fernando Alonso lost control and hit the wall last week is a mystery, but Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel has some insight.
Felipe Nasr: "Again today we made another step forward, and we have to keep pushing in this direction."
Nico Rosberg set the quickest time of pre-season testing at Barcelona so far to top the second day of running at the Spanish track.
James Allison: “This wasn’t an easy day for us as we spent time chasing our tails on an annoying reliability problems..."
Marcus Ericsson: “It was a productive day, and for me the best one of the pre-season so far."
Daniil Kvyat: “We were able to get quite a lot done and hopefully we’ll get more done tomorrow."
Felipe Massa: "The FW37 never showed a sign of an issue and this has been the case since we arrived at the first test in Jerez."
The F1 W06 Hybrid remained in the garage after lunch owing to an MGUK failure.
Romain Grosjean completed 75 laps over the course of a programme of set-up evaluations and performance simulations.
Just four more days of track action prior to the first race in Melbourne.
Lewis Hamilton set the morning pace on the first day of the final test of the pre-season at Barcelona, as McLaren continued to have trouble with its car.
Only four days of running remain before free practice in Melbourne begins.