Daniil Kvyat had his final day of pre-season testing in the STR9 and it was by far the best one he and the team have had on track so far this winter.
The Russian completed a total of 81 laps and was even fastest for a short time this afternoon, eventually being credited with the fifth best time. The day’s programme featured more suspension work, an aero evaluation, including assessing a new front wing and some long runs aimed at cooling. With Kvyat about to start his rookie season, today was also an opportunity for him to practice various race procedures and he also got to run three Pirelli compounds, the Medium, Soft and Super Soft. Tomorrow, Jean-Eric Vergne takes over at the wheel for the final day of pre-season testing.
Daniil Kvyat: “A very positive day because we managed to complete a good amount of laps. The work all went in the right direction and we carried out many important tests and did some longer runs. That means I am feeling much more confident with the car now. The next stop is Melbourne and I don’t want to make any predictions about how we will get on in Australia, although the one thing I can say is that I am really looking forward to my first Grand Prix.”
Circuit: Bahrain International Circuit – Sakhir, 5.412 kms
Driver: Daniil Kvyat
Car: STR9 chassis number 04
Best time: 1:36.113