F1 News: 2014 Abu Dhabi Test, Day 1 – Caterham F1 Team

Caterham logoYas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi – 25 November 2014

Fastest laps / positions:
Morning session: STE 1:48.155, P6
Afternoon session: STE 1:45.436, P6

Total laps: 101

Weather:
Morning: Dry, sunny. Track temp 42°, air temp 29°
Afternoon: Dry, sunny, then twilight. Track temp 34°, air temp 30°

Will Stevens, car #46, chassis CT05-#04: “Today’s been a really good day, I’m very pleased with myself. We got through everything we needed to do and we completed more than 100 laps, which is excellent not only for me to get more mileage under my belt but also to show that the car is reliable. Overall we got close to the pace we had in qualifying at the weekend. My last run got compromised a bit because of the red flag, but it’s been a very good day.

“I feel completely different in the car now – every time I leave the garage I know exactly what I need to do, where everything is and I’m much more confident than at the beginning of the race weekend. I feel very comfortable and I can now focus 100% on the driving side of things. It’s been a very useful day for me and the team and I can’t wait to do it all over again tomorrow.”

Gianluca Pisanello, CaterhamF1 Team Head of Engineering Operations: “It’s been a very useful first day of testing here at the Yas Marina circuit. We were able to follow the programme as planned and Will did a very solid job, completing many laps and providing the team with valuable feedback while gaining experience. It was also very interesting to test the 2015 Pirelli tyres for the first time and compare them to this year’s and the data we already have from the season that ended on Sunday. Trouble-free days like today are always what the engineers hope for at a test; let’s hope for the same tomorrow.”

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