Following its unveiling in the pit lane at the Jerez circuit this morning, the RB6 completed its first day of testing today. Despite continuous rain from around 1000hrs onwards, the team made good progress in the morning as it began working through the new car system checks.
However, an oil leak late morning led to a precautionary engine change for the RB6 in the afternoon, which lost the team some valuable track time.
“It was great to finally see the car in action after a long winter with no testing”, said Ian Morgan, Head of Race Engineering. “Everything ran very smoothly this morning and the build of the car was very structured. It’s frustrating that a problem with a simple component late morning forced an engine change later in the day, as it cost us quite a lot of time. However, the most disappointing thing today was the weather – it’s good to have a test in the wet, but it’s not ideal when it’s your first. We’re hoping for better conditions tomorrow when we will continue working through the new car system checks.”