“The important thing is that we’ve been able to do quite a few laps over the last two days – we know we need to keep pushing in terms of reliability so that we can reduce any niggly problems at the first race. In terms of set-up work this afternoon, it was quite difficult because it was so windy out there, and I don’t think it was just us that were affected.
“The package seems to be running smoothly and you can feel a difference from last year, which is positive. There’s still a lot of work to do over the two days we have left, for us to feel that we are really ready for the first race. In terms of the electronics and understanding the driver switch settings for the race start, that’s all sorted, but we haven’t done a lot of the more general set-up work, in order to really fine-tune the car.
“This is the biggest improvement in the power unit that I’ve felt in the last 14 months. The progress with the deployment has been massive – Honda has done a great job over the winter and we’ve had no reliability issues with it during testing so far. Honda has been working very closely with Mobil1 and Esso and I think they’ve made a good step forward, but there’s a lot more that we need to achieve before we are competitive.
“In testing it’s very difficult to judge how quick people are, but we need some big gains in order to really get closer to the front. There are still areas which need some attention, so hopefully over the next two days we can do lots of laps, spend time on the new tyres, learn more about the car and find a set-up that works for us, because we’re not there yet.”