Kobayashi has ‘interesting and productive’ day in Barcelona

Kamui Kobayashi got the chance to test the new parts on his Sauber for the first time today and he completed 107 laps, setting the seventh fastest time of the day.

“It was an interesting and productive day for me, and we completed our programme as planned,” said the Japanese driver. “We achieved a good mileage and learnt a lot. The set up work with the new car is different to last year's car, and it is good to get more experience with that.

“In the afternoon the way the track evolved was quite significant, and we struggled a bit with adapting the car and finding the right balance. But this is nothing to worry about.

Technical director James Key said that, now both drivers had tested the new parts, each one would complete a full race distance on their final day of pre-season testing.

“Today we ran a similar programme to yesterday to allow Kamui to evaluate the new parts on the car and give us his feedback,” Key explained. “We ran various set up options to check their effectiveness, and to help us to learn more about future development directions.

“In the afternoon we also did a little bit of work dedicated to the tyres, and again gained some valuable data. Now we are looking forward to doing race simulations with both drivers – with Sergio (Perez) tomorrow and Kamui on Friday.”