For the second day of the Valencia test and indeed the second ever day of track running for the STR6, Jaime Alguersuari was back in the cockpit this morning, while Sebastien Buemi took over in the afternoon for his first encounter with the new car.
As the car had never turned a wheel before coming to Spain, yesterday was spent carrying out system checks, while today, both drivers were able to move on, completing a decent number of laps. All the running was aimed at developing a good understanding of the car and specifically, both drivers were able to have their first taste of running KERS. This morning Jaime was able to try three Pirelli compounds, the Medium, Soft and Super-Soft, while Sebastien tried just the first two.
Jaime Alguersuari: “A much better day than yesterday, as we managed to complete many more laps this morning, getting a lot of useful data. There is much we have to learn at this stage, especially regarding the elements that are new in the regulations. It was particularly interesting using the KERS and I am beginning to understand how to use it, especially in the power recovery phase. I’m looking forward to getting back in the car next week in Jerez and moving the development along still further.”
Sebastien Buemi: “This afternoon was my first time in the car and it felt good to be driving again after the winter break. I ran for about three hours managing 46 laps which is quite encouraging for a first day. It is going to be an interesting evening studying all the data as so much is new to us and we need to understand as well and as soon as possible how the car behaves. So tomorrow, will be a case of carrying on down this route."