Pierre Gasly had a compromised day of running on day one of the post-British Grand Prix test at Silverstone, running only seven laps during the morning session when it was dry, with the majority of his running coming in the wetter afternoon session.
The Red Bull Racing reserve driver ended up bottom of the time sheets with the team having to fix an electronics issue before being able to get on with his programme in the afternoon on a track where he claimed his maiden GP2 Series victory on Saturday.
“This morning we didn’t run much but in the afternoon on the inters and the wets we did some good work,” said Gasly. “It’s always good to get some running in the wet and hopefully it will give them some good information on the car.
“It was quite tricky today because in some place it was really raining hard, out of Turn 7 and around the back of the track, and then on the main straight it was quite dry so you really need to adapt quickly to the conditions.
“For me it was really good training because you really need to analyse the conditions and try to be as fast as possible. It wasn’t an easy day.”
Gasly also had a run with the Halo cockpit protection device on the RB12, and the Frenchman felt it did not change much from a drivers point of view, even if it changes the look of the car from the outside.
“As the Halo device, I was a bit surprised, as it doesn’t change that much,” said Gasly. “For sure it looks different but from the inside of the car it doesn’t change much.”