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02/19/13
f1
Barcelona Day 1: Select driver quotes  The driver quotes on the first day of running at the second F1 winter test at the Circuit de Catalunya.

Mercedes

Nico Rosberg: "We had a mixed day today with some laps lost this morning. However we were able to work through a good program this afternoon and, of course, it's always nice to be quickest at the end of the day. In general, I feel happy and comfortable in the car and it feels better than the last time we were here at this track. There is still some work to be done on tire degradation and our program this afternoon was helpful in understanding that."

Sauber

Esteban Gutierrez: "It was quite a tricky day with the tires. We were struggling with tire management and, as a result, degradation. We tried different things in the morning, but then in the afternoon we had some issues with the set-up of the car. The good thing is we have a lot of data to analyze. This will be the basis for us to understand everything."

Williams

Pastor Maldonado: "It was a good day today. I felt happy after the first run this morning and we then completed a busy day of testing. It was great to get out on track in the new car. The FW35 feels like we have made a real step forward. There is still a lot to discover with the new car, but this is a good starting point for us for the season."

Toro Rosso

Daniel Ricciardo: "This was my first time back in the car since the second day in Jerez and we had a full program of things to try. Because of some of the changes we chose to make to the car set-up, this involved quite a bit of time in the garage, therefore this was not a day for a lot of laps. I'm glad I'm driving tomorrow, because I feel I need to get a better understanding of what we started today. We have some homework to do overnight, but we know which direction to go in."

Caterham

Charles Pic: "49 laps on the first day of the second test isn't the total we wanted, but we've still been able to complete quite a bit of today's program and with every lap I'm getting more and more comfortable in the car.

"In the morning session we ran through a similar program to the second day in Jerez last week, and we had planned more tire work in the afternoon. When I went out for a stint after the lunch break I had a mechanical problem going into turn three and after we got the car back to the garage we found out it was a gearbox issue and that brought the day to an early end. We've already started work on the fix and I'm sure we'll be ready for tomorrow morning when we can get back to work."

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