Gonzalez optimistic despite Wednesday mishap
7 April 2010 – Rodolfo Gonzalez is confident that the Arden team can continue to improve its general pace as testing continues at the Circuit de Catalunya on Wednesday afternoon. However, the Venezuelan's lap times were significantly compromised due to a bizarre mix-up during the morning session in Spain.
With the action beginning at 9am, the first session ran until 12 noon as Gonzalez finished 24th and slowest on the timesheets, sixteen places lower than team-mate Charles Pic; however, the slow pace was not due to a car problem but a mistake regarding the old and new sections of track at Turn 10.
"I was walking the track with my engineer yesterday and we thought that we were going to be using the second hairpin for testing today but it's actually the first hairpin," Gonzalez laughed whilst explaining his seemingly odd lack of pace to GPUpdate.net.
"So I was using the second one and it wasn't until I slowed down before coming into the pits that I saw people using the first one.
"I still need to improve the first sector a little bit - we have a bit of understeer and there's a few things in my driving which we can improve - but…that was the main problem, I was using the wrong part of the track! It was a bit of confusion, there should be some cones there or something!"
Although rain clouds may be hovering over Barcelona, Rodolfo's testing programme will continue regardless of weather conditions. "I wanted to keep running through the first sector to try and improve it but if it rains, it rains," the 23-year-old continued. "It might rain for the race so we just have to get on with it, but on the right track…"