For his own part, the 2011 British Formula Three champion agreed that "It was all new to me: the car, the power, the tyres, the brakes and the circuit. It's a big leap and as the days passed I began to understand the car and tyres better." But by the end he felt he was getting to grips with it all: "I'm happy with the way I've improved," he said.
Now the whole team needs to spend the next few days working over the informaton they've gained this week, in advance of next week's three-day test stint in Barcelona running from Tuesday March 6 to Thursday March 8.
"We discovered interesting avenues of work to explore, found good setups very quickly, and we collected a large amount of useful data," said Sicard.
Nasr was certainly looking forward to getting back in the cockpit next week. "I can't wait to drive in Barcelona," he confirmed. "It's a track I know so I can get to grips with it much quicker.”
As for Valsecchi, he was looking forward to putting his feet up at the weekend and taking a well-earned race. "I'm feeling a little tired at the end of the week as we got through a lot of work," he admitted. "But I'm happy, the car's running really well."
If Valsecchi, Nasr and the team can continue their trajectory next week in the same way the kicked off the year at Jerez, then it will be hard not to let expectations of a second consecutive DAMS drivers' champion in 2012 after last year's success that saw Romain Grosjean elevated back into F1.