I can’t tell you how good it is to finally be back in the car again. It felt like coming home! My first day of testing went really well, I felt comfortable and everything worked seamlessly.
I'm sure that it will take us a while to perfect everything, but I think that we can be very satisfied with what we have already. It’s a good thing for us that the rules haven't changed very much because we’ve been able to make the RB9 an improved version of the RB8.
Right from the start, I was convinced that the RB9 is quick and reliable and we will continue to work at both of those crucial qualities.
We have many more test laps ahead of us, but I can already say that we made an important step into the right direction.
But as soon as I saw how the car was performing with Mark at the wheel during the first two days of testing, I began to feel more confident. I could see how well everything was working and that after all the minor adjustments in the pit, the car is on the right track.
It’s interesting to see the other team's cars, but that's not our priority right now.
I think it’s more important for us to work closely as a team so that together we can to make the car as close to perfection as possible. Everyone knows that this is the top priority.
I'll talk to you again after testing.