In the round-up: Sebastian Vettel, who witnessed Fernando Alonso’s testing crash, says it was a “strange” incident which happened at a comparatively low speed.
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"The speed was slow - maybe 150kph. Then he turned right into the wall. It looked strange."
"On one of my long runs with the hard tyre – which is obviously not very grippy here – I lost the car in snap oversteer, went into the wall and damaged the car quite badly."
"I think the steps which we are making are good, encouraging, and I think there is big, big potential but how big time will show."
"'If you say so,' he responded when it was suggested how strong the lap was. 'Not so much when we are looking at times from other days and things like that, but I think we are getting there.'"
"We could not run as much as we'd like, but at this stage of winter testing there are always some teething problems you have to deal with."
"I don't like the tests in February here in Europe. You don't get the feedback on all the technical topics you need to be well prepared for the start of the season. Last year's test in Bahrain was much more useful."
— Tobias Grüner F1 (@tgruener) February 22, 2015
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Comment of the day
It’s getting harder to find the silver lining on McLaren’s cloud:
As much as I want to try and draw some positives for McLaren from this test, it’s hard to see it as anything other than a disaster. Losing time when you find a fault is one thing, but to lose half a day following a crash is a big blow.
I’ve no doubt they’ll get the car running properly eventually, but the chances of it really being ready in time for Melbourne are becoming slimmer and slimmer. They have a huge hill to climb, and being the only car running the Honda power unit, they need to be clocking up as many laps as possible.
Of course, as bad as it is for them, Force India are yet to even put in a lap.
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