Vettel happy with RB8 mileage
22 February 2012 – Two time and reigning World Champion Sebastian Vettel finished his testing duties at the Circuit de Catalunya on Wednesday. The German was happy with the mileage he put in and feels the team are on the right road with the RB8.
“I’m happy that we got a lot of laps done," he began. "Unfortunately, we had a little bit of a problem, it was small, but with testing you stop whenever there’s an issue, take a look and see what’s what and that always takes up a bit of time. But nevertheless, in the afternoon I was quite happy. We got a lot of laps done, more than 100, so we got through most of the programme."
Vettel commented on how the rules changes - including the lack of the blown diffuser - have affected downforce and the car itself.
“I think we are on the right road with the car,” he added. “The first impressions at the last test were fine. The car reacted the way we expected.
"I keep talking about the loss of downforce compared to last year, as we don’t have the tools we had, but this is the same for everyone, not just us. So, we’ll get on top of it and we’ll spend the coming days trying to make improvements, find more performance and make the car faster. But so far, so good.”
Australian team-mate Mark Webber will take over from Vettel for the final two days at the opening test in Barcelona.