Jerôme D'Ambrosio was behind the wheel of the MVR-02 today for Virgin Racing.
Back on Track in Barcelona
The third test of the 2011 season got underway today in Barcelona. After yesterday's rain, this morning the track was still very damp which provided the team with the opportunity to try the new Pirelli intermediate tyres for the first time this year.
Jerôme D'Ambrosio was behind the wheel of the MVR-02 today and was able to get the team's first impression of the PZero intermediate, as well as trying out different gearbox settings.
This afternoon, Jerôme completed a full race distance, including pit stops, during which the car ran flawlessly. Only red flags elsewhere on the circuit hampered the team's excellent progress.
Timo Glock will be in the car for the next two days and Jerôme will be driving again on Monday.
Jerôme D'Ambrosio "Today was another very productive day in the car. It was good to be able to feel what it's like to drive in the wet and use the intermediate tyres for the first time today. I felt very comfortable driving at a track I like. I'm quickly getting used to the car and the team are doing a fantastic job. Now I can't wait to jump in the car again on Monday."
John Booth, Team Principal "It's always good to be back in Barcelona as the characteristics are such that it provides us with the perfect opportunity to work on race simulation and hone car set-up. We also have the full range of tyre compounds here again, which will provide us with the chance to thoroughly evaluate the car's behaviour in highly representative conditions. We continue to be encouraged with the level of reliability we are seeing and this is enabling us to gather a vast amount of data that is being fed back into the development programme all the time. All in all, things are looking promising."