Valsecchi’s time of 1’42.677 was only slightly slower than the quickest time of the test set by Kevin Magnussen on Monday for McLaren.
Lotus’s work included further development of their Double DRS. “In the morning we completed additional aerodynamic work and looked at further evaluation of our DDRS, providing us with enough data to make an informed decision at a later stage in Enstone,” said race engineer Simon Rennie.
“For the afternoon session, we looked at developments of our front drums and then completed a tyre programme which gave Davide the opportunity to try out the various compounds.
“We ran the hard, medium and soft tyres and he found good improvements in terms of grip with each step in the compounds. All in all it?óÔé¼Ôäós been a good day, and Davide did a great job.”
Kevin Magnussen returned to drive for McLaren again and completed enough mileage to gain an F1 Superlicence. Sporting director Sam Michael praised his progress: “He certainly didn?óÔé¼Ôäót look like a guy who had never turned a wheel in a modern F1 car before the start of this week.”
Alexander Rossi’s sole day of running for Caterham was interrupted by a technical problem.
“It?óÔé¼Ôäós obviously not ideal that we had to end the session early, but when I boxed after my 14th run there was oil on the garage floor so the engineers had to call the session over,” he said.
“That meant I didn?óÔé¼Ôäót have the chance to do any performance runs and I?óÔé¼Ôäóm sure if I did my lap times would have been close to the race drivers, but issues like that are just one of those things. They?óÔé¼Ôäóll take a proper look at what caused the problem and I?óÔé¼Ôäóm sure it won?óÔé¼Ôäót affect the team?óÔé¼Ôäós preparations for Austin or Brazil.”
|4||Robin Frijns||Red Bull||1’43.233||53||0.556|
|6||Luiz Razia||Toro Rosso||1’45.286||68||2.609|
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