Tyres “easier to handle” – Sutil
The German was speaking after setting the second fastest time on the final day of the Silverstone test. He completed 99 laps at the wheel of the VJM06 before handing it over to GP2 driver James Calado for the closing stages.
Speaking after his day of running Sutil said in a statement: “It was only tyre testing today, but it was interesting to see how the new tyres react. They are a bit easier to handle so the drop-off won’t be as dramatic as we saw in a few races. Silverstone is a good circuit for testing because it’s tough on the tyres and we’ve been able to get all the information we needed this week.”
He added: “It was quite windy so very different from the conditions at the race a few weeks ago, but it was not a big problem. I am happy with today’s work and I think it has been beneficial for the engineers. We learnt a lot and hopefully we can translate it into a top ten performance in Hungary.”
Jakob Andreasen, Chief Race Engineer, said it was an “excellent three days of testing” for the team before praising James Calado for his work with the team. He said: “I want to say a big well done to James Calado. He did a superb job for us and settled in very quickly with the team. We’ve been working with him for a few months during our aero tests, but he was on top of his game this week and have us some great feedback.”
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