“In terms of the work, it was a good day. Obviously, it's not the first time for me in a Red Bull car, so everything is sort of familiar. It's an important test for the team and my job is simply to drive consistently and not make mistakes. I think we achieved the goal of being consistent and working through the programme.”
Despite losing time for bodywork repairs during the morning, Spaniard Daniel Juncadella was fifth quickest for Williams – half a second off the outright pace – while Johnny Cecotto rounded out the top six for Toro Rosso.
Robin Frijns was the final man to lap within a second of the quickest time in seventh, with the top ten being completed by Nicolas Prost, Davide Rigon and Alexander Rossi – the latter seeing his day ended slightly early by a hydraulics issue.
“It's been a productive day and I think we're all pleased we've completed such a good number of laps,” the American reflected, despite the problem. “Obviously for me today was another piece of the F1 jigsaw, adding more experience of the 2013 car on top of the Canadian GP FP1 session I did in June, but really my main priority was helping the team continue the push towards the cars ahead.
“After the installation lap we were straight into the program, running through a number of test items in both the morning and afternoon sessions that will help the team in the coming races. We didn't have any reliability issues until late in the day when we had a hydraulics problem and that unfortunately meant I didn't have a chance to put in a really quick lap, but we were still able to complete most of the day's plan and that's good, for the team and for me as it means we have both got pretty much everything we could from day one of the test.”
Marussia duo Tio Ellinas and Max Chilton then rounded out the times, the latter seeing his time on track shortened by a mechanical issue on his car.
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