(Sauber F1 Team)
The Sauber F1 Team’s Felipe Nasr was the pace setter on day 3 of the opening Formula One winter test at the Jerez circuit in Spain. The Brazilian completed 109 laps with a fastest time of 1m 21.545s ending the day 0.213s ahead of Scuderia Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen who completed his day of running in the new SF15-T.
Speaking about his day, Nasr stated:
‘It was another positive day. We did a lot of mileage, and we were able to get a better understanding of the car. On top of that, we used different tyres in different conditions, and we played with the set-up. In the end I had the chance to do some long-runs to get a feeling for the car with high fuel loads like they would be in race conditions. It was important for me to get used to all these different things. Overall they were two very positive days. I’m glad that I already feel comfortable in the new environment, and I’m really happy with everything I’ve seen so far with the team. I’m already looking forward to Barcelona.’
The Swiss based outfit have completed 270 laps heading into the final day of the Jerez test. Speaking about today’s running, Head of Track Engineering, Giampaolo Dall’Ara stated:
‘The day was a bit more complicated than the previous two. In the morning it was mainly down to the weather conditions. When the track was still damp we decided to test different wet tyres, and make some comparisons. In the afternoon we continued with the set-up work and some additional scans. We lost a little bit of time with a minor technical issue, but, nevertheless, we were able to complete more than 100 laps. In the end we can be satisfied with the day.’
Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team’s Nico Rosberg was third fastest completing 151 laps despite a power unit shutdown which briefly brought his running to a halt.
Felipe Massa was in the Williams Martini Racing Team’s FW37 having taken over from Valtteri Bottas. The Brazilian finished the day in fourth place with a fastest time of 1m 22.276s completing 71 laps. Speaking following his running the Brazilian stated:
‘I am happy after a good first day in the car. The FW37 is another step forward from where we left the FW36, which is promising. I am also confident in the car set-up. The feeling in the car was good even for a first impression and it's well balanced. We lost a bit of time in the morning due to the wet weather so hopefully tomorrow we can continue to get the miles in and head to Barcelona well prepared.’
Williams Martini Racing’s Chief Test & Support Engineer Rod Nelson commented the day’s running saying:
‘It's been another good day and good to have Felipe get his first drive of the FW37 today. We have started to do a little more chassis work as we continue to work through our plan. Felipe gave us very much the same feedback as Valtteri did, so it's pleasing that they share the same views and characteristics as each other on the FW37. Overall it’s been a positive day.’
The Lotus F1 Team’s Pastor Maldonado was fifth fastest completing 96 laps for the Enstone based outfit ending the day just ahead of Scuderia Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz Jnr who completed 136 laps for the Italian team.
Following a tough start to the day, Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo completed 48 laps ending the day in 7th place.
It was a somewhat mixed day for the McLaren-Honda team as although Fernando Alonso managed to complete 32 laps, the Woking based outfit were forced to cut short their programme after suffering a loss in water cooling pressure in the new Honda power unit. Speaking following today’s running, McLaren Racing Director Eric Boullier stated:
‘Jenson’s final lap last night made us all feel happier, because we felt we’d cured the issues that had affected us on Sunday and Monday. This morning, it was a relief to see the car get out of the garage at 9am, and run without problems for several hours.
The first test of the pre-season period concludes tomorrow.