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Published - Saturday, 12 February 2011

T02 Jerez - Day Three Report

Driver: Heikki Kovalainen / Chassis: T128-01

Total laps: 61 / Fastest lap: 1.21.711 (lap 60)

Heikki on Track Jerez 2011


0900 - 0902: Run 1, Installation lap

0902 - 0932: General system / DRS checks

0932 - 0946: Run 2, 9 laps - baseline run

0946 - 1008: Front camber test

1008 - 1019: Run 3, 6 laps successful DRS 'race mode' test of proximity system

1019 - 1049: Baseline setup change

1049 - 1102: Run 4, 7 laps

1102 - 1108: front / rear flap adjustment

1108 - 1120: Run 5, 6 laps DRS 'race mode' test

1120 - 1134: Brake blanking

1134 - 1146: Run 6, 8 laps

1146 - 1506: Exhaust issue fixed with new parts from factory / brake disc change

1506 - 1516: Run 7, 6 laps

1512 - 1520: Flap adjustment / new tyre baseline

1520 - 1532: Run 8, 6 laps

1532 - 1553: Rear camber change

1553 - 1554: Run 9, 1 lap (session red flagged) / adjustment to water system

1554 - 1610: Red flag / brake blanking change

1610 - 1622: Run 10, 7 laps

1622 - 1642: Setup change

1642 - 1649: Run 11, 3 laps

1649 - 1650: Red flag / end of session

HEIKKI KOVALAINEN: 'Today was very encouraging and I really enjoyed driving the car. I still have the same feeling that I had in Valencia - it's fundamentally a good car and there's a lot more to come from it. We managed to make very good progress today, even though we had a problem with the exhaust we still managed to get through most of the programme. The guys worked well to fix the problem, and by the end of the day we had made a number of setup changes, run through all the tyre compounds and had run on a variety of fuel loads. This morning we tried the DRS in race mode and even though I had thought the procedure to initiate it might be pretty complicated it actually all worked easily. Once you get used to it the system is pretty simple. I used it in both race and practice mode and it returns to position well so I have no problems under braking and am very happy with how it all works. By the time the day eneded we finished right in the mix so we're all pretty happy with the day's work.'

DIETER GASS, SPORTING DIRECTOR: 'I think we are all quite pleased with how the day went. The morning and late afternoon sessions were good and even though we lost some time on track around the middle of the day with the exhaust problem we were still able to learn a lot more about the car and complete most of the programme. One of the key learnings from today is with the tyres. I think there we have a lot more work to do to really understand how to get the best out of the tyres but we have definitely taken a step forward with Pirelli today. We also tested the DRS in race conditions today and it was our first chance to try the proximity sensor - that worked very well and it was good to see that in action as it will be used in race scenarios.'


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