Having endured some technical issues on Wednesday, Thursday passed without drama for defending champions Red Bull, with Mark Webber managing to join the 100 lap club on his first appearance of the weekend at the wheel of the RB9.
“We had a pretty good run today, we're learning plenty, so a positive outing for us,” he said. “Overall the car ran smoothly and once again we amassed a huge amount of data for the guys back at the factory to go through. We'd like to get a bit more mileage tomorrow in the dry, but that doesn't look like it's going to happen, it looks like it will be wet.
“As usual at tests, the question of the pecking order comes up all the time but, honestly, I have no idea. There are a few quick cars out there, but in winter testing it's so hard to say if anyone's better than anyone else, especially with the tyres going off the way they are – you're losing four or five seconds over the course of a stint, so figuring out who's doing what is pretty difficult. All we can do is keep pushing, keep developing and keep our eyes fixed on the first race.”
Jean-Eric Vergne was tenth for Toro Rosso, followed by Max Chilton and Giedo van der Garde – the latter causing the only red flag of the day late on when he stopped on track.
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