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Pedro de la Rosa has described his test outing at the Circuito de Jerez as ‘very important’ for Ferrari’s simulator, with the development driver being handed one day of running in a bid to accelerate the progress of its virtual programme. Despite an early morning stoppage, the Spaniard completed 51 valuable laps in the F138 on Friday.
"I now realise how the real car handles and what the level of grip of these modern F1 cars is compared to what I had last year, which is very different," de la Rosa commented. "This is a very good, solid platform to work for the next few weeks in our simulator.
"What we did today is very important, even if it hasn't been long runs or lots of laps. The whole point of having me here was to understand the car and to help to accelerate the whole simulator programme."
While de la Rosa thoroughly enjoyed his time on-track, he admits there is ‘a lot of work to do’ with the correlation between Ferrari’s virtual and real-life cars.
"We have a lot of work to do, we know that and that's why they hired me," he added. "We are not where we want to be but I am very comfortable with the people that we have. Now the determination is to make the next step in the simulation."
Ferrari’s new F138 will make its next outing at the second pre-season test in Barcelona, where Fernando Alonso is due to make his first appearance of the year.
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