MARCH 12, 2011
Barcelona, day 5 quotes
Lewis Hamilton (3rd, 1:44.560): "We tested a couple of things during some shorter runs, but it was very dangerous out there: very slippery and lots of aquaplaning. This definitely isn't normal Spanish weather! We learnt a bit about the Pirelli Intermediates and Extremes, but there was so much aquaplaning that it was a bit too risky to do longer runs. As for the world championship, I'm excited - we've got a long season ahead of us. We've got a lot of work to do, but we have more updates coming for Melbourne. The championship is open, and we don't know what to expect. Our whole team will be pushing very, very hard."
Nico Rosberg (1st, 1:43.814): "It was tricky out there today; there wasn't a lot of grip, but it was really useful to get the experience on the Pirelli wet tyres. We have made a lot of progress over the four tests this winter and it's really nice to see that things are going in the right direction. We are on the up for sure, and all credit to the team for getting the upgrades on the car and, most importantly, to see that they are working as expected."
Michael Schumacher (5th, No Time): "It was good to complete a few laps out there this morning and try out the Pirelli wet tyres. There was obviously a limit to what we could achieve, but we made good use of the time by working through our race procedures. It's been a good week here in Barcelona and we're certainly happy with our position going into the first race of the season."
Ross Brawn, Team Principal: "We've had a very productive test in Barcelona working on the final specification of the MGP W02 for the first race of the season in Australia. Our upgrade package has performed as we expected, however Formula One continually moves forward, and as always, we will keep looking for more performance. We are happy with the structure that we applied to our pre-season testing programme, culminating in a good quantity of miles, and the car that we wanted to produce by the end of this test. Both drivers and the team have achieved a good amount of work for the new season in terms of race weekend simulations and it is now down to the final preparations for the first race. Then we will really see where we stand and how we have to react. On a different note, we have been wrapped up in our intense programme here, but our hearts and minds go out to the people of Japan, who are great supporters of our sport, in this time of tragedy."
Fernando Alonso (4th, No Time):
Pastor Maldonado (2nd, 1:44.333): "It was quite difficult today as the track was so wet. We tried some different things in the car though looking ahead to the races and it is looking good. It is my first time driving the FW33 in these kind of conditions and I think it was really important for me to get a run in the wet today."
Sam Michael, Technical Director: "Today was a complete washout in Barcelona! It's always useful to run in the wet, but it was too much unfortunately. Regardless, we've put some useful mileage on the FW33 at this final test, highlighted a few areas to work on from a reliability and performance side, and now we're all really looking forward to start racing again."
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