Pedro de la Rosa revealed that a water leak with the cooling system ended Ferrari's day prematurely during testing at Silverstone.
Ferrari was carrying out tyre testing duties for Pirelli with de la Rosa at the wheel of the F14 T for the first time. While the morning had been productive, de la Rosa was unable to complete many laps in the afternoon session and explained that the team had been forced to cut short its program. Asked if there was a problem, de la Rosa replied: “Yes.
“It was all going fantastically well; we had a very good morning and then in the afternoon we had a water leak with the cooling system so we had to call it a day.”
More encouraging for de la Rosa however was the correlation between simulator and track, which he feels will stand Ferrari in good stead going forward.
“It was pretty good I would say. The fact that I jumped in to the car and immediately in a new car with a new regulation – because we should never forget that 2014 is very new, I am experienced but with the V8s and this is a completely new Formula for me as well – I was straight on there feeling very comfortable doing competitive lap times straight away.
“So I am pleased because of that, it means the correlation is pretty good. It still has to improve and we have to push and we have to make sure that we make it better but it's a good starting point. I'm pretty proud of the work we have done in-house.”
And de la Rosa said the day's running had reminded him personally of how much he enjoys driving F1 machinery rather than the simulator.
“It was fantastic to be back, to be able to test and also to test at Silverstone because there are many tracks but Silverstone is the most high-speed, most difficult of all. It was very difficult for the team, for myself to have a good correlation from simulator to reality. Days like today just remind me how good it was when we could test more and how much I miss testing.”