Power-unit problems plagued the Italian team’s running on all four days of the opening pre-season test, costing them crucial track time. Kvyat was scheduled to drive for the team on Wednesday but mechanical issues meant he failed to even make it out of the garage.
The Russian youngster did, however, manage to lap the Jerez circuit nine times on the final test day, giving the team vital data on its new machine. “As a rookie with so much to learn, this week in Jerez has not been the start I would have wanted,” he said.
“However, I trust my team and I trust Renault, so with some hard work, I am sure we can be in better shape and start to catch up at the next test. There have been a few positives, because we have acquired some useful data, even with limited running. Some questions have therefore already been answered and I was able to get a feel for the car in wet conditions.”
The team switched to Renault power for the 2014 season after seven years with Ferrari engines. Its 2014 car, the STR9, was officially launched on Monday in the Jerez pitlane.
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