Mark Webber was full of praise for the Red Bull Racing team after completing his first full day of running in the new RB7 in Valencia.
The Australian had hit the track for the first time on Wednesday only to have his track time limited by installation issues as he took over at the wheel of the car from team-mate Sebastian Vettel.
With those problems resolved, Webber was able to spend a full day on track on the final day of the test which gave him his first chance to do any meaningful running on Pirelli tyres after he missed the test held prior to Christmas in Abu Dhabi.
Admitting he had learned a lot from his time on track, Webber was quick to praise Red Bull for the work it had gone to get the car on the pace straightaway and was pleased to end the day with the fourth quickest time.
“Today was the first good long run in the car for me, so we learnt a lot,” he said. “There are some quick cars out there, but it was a good finish to the test for us. We had a good day one and day three, day two wasn't quite so productive, but overall the team has done a bloody awesome job – to get the car here for the first test and do the work we've done straight out of the box, it's impressive.”
Head of race engineering Ian Morgan was also happy with the test as the team now turns its focus to developing the RB7 in time for the season opener in Bahrain.
“It's been an encouraging start,” he said. “We've had good reliability and a reasonable performance; it's a solid foundation to start developing towards the first race of the season.”