Water leak cuts short de la Rosa’s day
Pedro de la Rosa’s first day of testing in a 2014-spec F1 car was cut short thanks to a water leak on his Ferrari F14 T car.
The Spaniard completed 49 laps in total, finishing tenth on the timesheets, but was encouraged by the work being completed before the problem sprung up.
“Yes, it was all going fantastically well,” de la Rosa explained. “We had a very good morning and then in the afternoon we had a water leak in the cooling system so we had to call it a day.”
The team is yet to confirm the exact cause of the problem. “I don’t know really,” he said. “It’s something we were not expecting that just cut our day a bit short.”
A big problem for Ferrari over the past few years has been the correlation between their off-track simulations and the results that they get on-track. However, de la Rosa was pleased that the problems with the F14 T were not new to him, which should allow the team to find some answers to the problems.
“Well I think we know what are the strengths and weaknesses,” he said. “A good point really is that they correlate with the simulator. We know where we are and what we have to improve.”
Jules Bianchi will get behind the wheel of the F14 T tomorrow, deputising for the rested Kimi Raikkonen following the Finn’s 47g shunt on the first lap of the British Grand Prix.
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