Poor weather conditions and a break-down in the official timing were the obstacles in the way of today’s testing, but consistent runs from Sebastian ensured the RB6 topped the timesheets on the first day of our second 2010 session.
Driver: Sebastian Vettel
Best time: 1.22.593
Circuit length: 4.423 km
Fastest lap: Sebastian Vettel – 1.22.593
Testing was heavily affected by the wet conditions – heavy rain overnight and this morning meant a soaking track forcing initial runs on wet tyres and that our aero and mechanical set-up testing was not as extensive as planned.
A break in the weather over lunch provided dry running in the early afternoon, before the return of the rain. The official timing system also shut down during which we lost a few recorded laps, but it was clear by the end of the day that Sebastian had made the quickest time.
Ian Morgan, Head of Race Engineering, said: “We got a lot of laps done and the car has been good and reliable. We’ve made a few small changes but we didn’t get through as much as the programme as we’d hoped because of the weather. Sebastian and the car were consistent on the long runs in the dry which is promising.
“We’re continuing to make steady progress; the car is better than it was last week and every time we turn a wheel we seem to be moving forward a little bit.”
Tomorrow is Sebastian’s final day testing at Jerez, before Mark Webber takes over.