The Venezuelan set the ninth fastest time of the day and completed 71 laps in what was a very busy morning session. Speaking in a statement after completing his time at the test in the car he said: “It was a good day today. We completed all of the planned programme for Pirelli. The tyres feel quite different but we need to see how we compare against other cars on the track with the same compounds.”
He admitted that the team still have plenty of work to do in Hungary as they couldn’t extract the performance out of the car: “We didn’t get performance from the car with them so we need more time in Hungary as we couldn’t make any set-up changes today. It was good to be back in the car though, in preparation for getting back to racing next week.”
DTM driver Daniel Juncadella took over driving duties on Thursday afternoon and admitted that the changing conditions – particularly the change in wind direction – saw him struggle with the car: “It was nice to be able to have another go in the car today. The conditions were different today with the wind changing direction so I struggled to get used to the balance of the car a bit.”
He added that he has thoroughly enjoyed the chance to drive a Formula 1 car: “However, I think it was good for to have another opportunity in the car and I’ve really enjoyed the experience a lot.”
Williams will complete their Young Driver Test running with Susie Wolff in the car on Friday.
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