Red Bull Racing's head of race engineering, Ian Morgan was upbeat following the recent four-day test at Jerez and says they managed to get almost everything done.
Following the launch of the RB8, the team's 2012 F1 car last Monday, Mark Webber was first in it the following day, before team-mate and two-times F1 world champion, Sebastian Vettel took over for days three and four. In total the Milton Keynes-based outfit did almost 300 laps over the four days, despite a delayed start on Tuesday and despite losing the morning session on Friday due to an electrical issue, with Webber and Vettel finishing fifth and sixth respectively on the combined times.
“It was frustrating to lose those hours in the morning on Friday as we had a lot to get through, but when Seb did get out, we made a pretty good recovery and we actually managed to get almost everything done,” Morgan commented.
“Overall it's been quite encouraging. We are where we expected to be, based on the data we had from the factory. That's good for later in the season as if you've got good trust in the tools at your disposal at home it makes development work on the car a lot easier.
“In terms of the problems we had on Friday, well, all I can say is it is part and parcel of testing. You take a complex car and put it on the track for the first time and it only takes one small thing to go wrong to upset your programme.
“We'll ship the car home in one piece now, take a look at everything, pull it apart and then rebuild it for the next test in Barcelona. But, all in all, a very positive week here I think,” he concluded.
F1 testing now resumes next week, with the teams heading to Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya.