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2017 F1 Second Testing: Day Four

That is a wrap for the 2017 testing. We got our last glimpse of what all the teams for to offer prior to the Australian Grand Prix.

In what Red Bull said it was testing focused to improve the car and get it ready for Melbourne, Max Verstappen gave the RB13 some final 71 laps around Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya and got the lastest lap time that Red Bull ever did during all 8 days of testing with a 1:19.438, second best of the day behind the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen, the only car that got into the 1:18s. Here are the full classification for the day.

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“I’m not too worried about the small issues we’ve had; that’s what testing is for. They aren’t major problems and I’m quite sure they will be solved before Melbourne. In terms of lap times, I think we just have to wait and see until the first race weekend. For us the most important thing today was to check the balance a bit more and work on getting the car where we want it.” – Max Verstappen

“The performance is not too bad. For sure we want to improve, but for now it’s OK. Testing is just about trying to improve the car, it’s not about qualifying lap times.” – Max Verstappen

“As with Daniel on day one of this test, this morning we focused on short runs with Max and we were also able to do some performance work and put a reasonable lap time on the board. We had a little issue over lunch, but as on Tuesday, we wanted to get some longer runs done this afternoon, so it was worth sacrificing a bit of time to make sure the car would run smoothly. In terms of the tests as a whole, broadly speaking we’ve achieved what we wanted to do. There were a few niggles but that’s always the case with a new car and we knew how to manage those situations.” – Guillaume Rocquelin

“We’ll now have a pretty intense couple of weeks before Melbourne – as every team will – digesting all the information, putting permanent fixes in place for the issues we found, and working on a plan of attack for the first race. Do I think we can be competitive? I think so. We’re happy with the balance and happy with the performance. Some teams put in some impressive lap times but there are so many parameters at play in testing that it’s extremely difficult to form a really clear picture of where everyone is.” – Guillaume Rocquelin

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