Barcelona 2018 Pre-Season Test Two – Day Four
Today was the final pre-season testing day before the 2018 Formula 1 season kicks off in Australia and it was Ferrari who were at the top of the time sheets with Kimi Raikkonen setting the fastest lap time of 1:17.221. In second place, it was a surprise result from Fernando Alonso, following a tough morning where the McLaren driver didn’t even set a time.
Let’s take a look at what the teams and drivers had to say after the final Barcelona 2018 Pre-Season Test day.
MERCEDES – Barcelona 2018 Pre-Season Test Two – Day Four
Drivers: Lewis Hamilton – Valtteri Bottas
Laps Completed: Hamilton: 97 – Bottas: 104 – Total: 201
Best Lap Times: Hamilton – 1:19.464 – Bottas – 1:18.825
Having completed over 1000 laps in pre-season testing, the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport team leaves the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya with a positive feeling and it’s excited to start the 2018 Formula One season in just two weeks time.
Lewis Hamilton: “It’s been a really positive test. We got though everything, reliability has been great. Everyone has been working their backsides off and doing a tremendous job. I’m really proud of the team and happy with all the information that we’ve got.”
“Both the car and track are a lot faster compared to last year’s race here and in my last run during the race simulation today – I was doing the 1:19’s – that’s m qualifying lap time from 2017, every lap.”
“It’s still difficult to know exactly where we are in comparison to Red Bull and Ferrari and we won’t fully know until we get to that first race. I feel like we’ve got as much information as we could in order to equip ourselves with the best data to go to the season opener. The preparation has been really good in the time that we had.”
Valtteri Bottas: “Today was a very good ending to testing. As a team we have completed more than 200 laps today and I put in more than 100 laps in the afternoon so that’s very positive and I’m very happy with all the progress.”
“Now, we just need to keep working for the week and half before we travel to Melbourne – it will be interesting to find out where we will be.”
“We got the medium and the hard tyres to work quite well – I think we will still have some issues with blistering on the softer compounds. Hopefully, it will be different in Melbourne but on the new track surface in Barcelona, we had some difficulties.”
“The team has done a great job over the past two weeks – I really enjoy working with the team and I can’t wait to get racing.”
James Allison – “Eight days of winter testing is a punishing schedule – all of us out here at the track and those who have supported back at the factories are feeling the cumulative loss of sleep but I think we can look back on these last two winter testes with some satisfaction, having designed and planned, then executed a very complex series of tests with some competence.”
“The loss of time caused by the weather during the first test is something that Andrew Shovlin and his team were able to nimbly work around and come back with a good programme – we finished the winter testing feeling like we’ve explored the car and the tyres – we know that we’ve put a good amount of kilometres onto it without any difficulties and I feel like the car is a good, strong foundation on which to build our 2018 campaign.”
“Both drivers seem to like the car, it responds well to set-up changes and has shown a good turn of speed – I say that with caution because even with all the mileage we’ve done, it’s chattering to note that we have not yet come close to completing the full like cycle of core components such as the engine and the control electronics.”
“Although we make our best efforts to try and figure out our competitive position, we don’t know what the other teams are going to do between now and Melbourne – we don’t really know with full accuracy what they’ve been doing here. There’s all sorts of reasons to be cautious but this has been a good winter test – for now, we can be content that we’ve managed to deliver that and we look forward to Melbourne.”
RED BULL RACING – Barcelona 2018 Pre-Season Test Two – Day Four
Driver: Daniel Ricciardo
Laps Completed: 92
Best lap Time: 1:18.327
Daniel Ricciardo brought the Aston Martin, Red Bull Racing pre-season test schedule to a close with the fourth fastest lap at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya – 1:18.327 on the super soft tyres. The next stop for the team is Ricciardo’s home race in Melbourne – the opening round of the 2018 Formula 1 season and with less than a fortnight to go, Daniel admits he’s relishing the prospect.
Daniel Ricciardo: “We have some torn pace in testing at times but then you see what the others are doing and then you’re not sure anymore but I think we’re looking OK. I think we still have to find a little bit of time – we still have the to improve things but I think we are close enough.”
“it’s been a good winter test and we did a lot of laps – we’re definitely feeling a lot better than what we did 12 months ago and I’m looking forward to Melbourne now, that’s what my sights are set on – I’d love a good result there, we’ll try to come out with strong intentions and I think we can be close. I’m looking forward to a battle.”
Head of Race Engineering – Guillaume Rocquelin: “This week has been extremely productive and it was a very similar story today. Even though we covered fewer laps than either of the past two days.”
“We made some changes in the afternoon and Daniel had a run on the supersets later on and he set an encouraging time on those. Overall, it’s been an excellent week of testing and for us, we learned a lot about the RB14 – now we have two weeks to analyse all the data and information and act on it before arriving in Melbourne.”
MCLAREN – Barcelona 2018 Pre-Season Test Two – Day Four
Driver: Fernando Alonso
Laps Completed: 93
Best Lap Time: 1:17.784
After a tough start to the day, the entire McLaren team pulled together to concentrate on some solid running into the afternoon session, to round off the final pre-season test before the season properly starts in Melbourne. Despite some issues in the morning, the team then worked hard to prepare the car for the afternoon and Fernando returned to the track.
The day ended on a positive and despite the challenges that the team had been facing – Fernando completed 93 laps with the second-quickest lap time of the day.
Fernando Alonso: “Today was a bit of a rollercoaster. This morning we had an engine issue which meant we couldn’t complete any of the morning programme but the guys did a fantastic job once again to change everything on the car.”
“We had a very good afternoon and compressed the full day’s schedule into the afternoon session – we managed to do everything we wanted and I’m quite happy with the result and the final day of testing.”
“I think there’s a lot more to come from the car in terms of performance but also with reliability – now we have two important weeks back at the factory to prepare for the first race. We will see exactly where we are in Australia.”
“We had a lot of new things to prove in testing and now we have a couple of weeks to put everything in place – I’d like to say well done to the whole team for pushing hard, we’re now looking forward to going racing in Melbourne.”
Eric Boullier (Racing Director): “After a difficult start this morning, I’m pleased with how we’ve rounded up both of today’s programme and the two weeks of pre-season testing.”
“In the afternoon session, the engineers worked hard to condense our programme to provide us with as much track running as possible – the whole team pulled together to get a significant amount of work done this afternoon.”
“Fernando put in some solid laps and he went and ended the day with 93 laps completed and the second fastest lap time. We will now return to the factory armed with massive amounts of data to analyse before we head to Australia – we know we have things to work on but there’s definite potential in our package and we’ll be working hard to maximise our reliability so that we can really have the chance to show our true performance in Melbourne.”
“I’d like to say and huge thank you to everyone in the team for all their hard work over the past few weeks – despite the problems we have, we’re taking home an extra 810km of data compared to last year which will help with the information and the direction which we will take with the car set-up when we arrive in Melbourne. I know I can speak for the whole team when I say that already, we can’t wait to go racing.”
ALFA ROMEO SAUBER F1 TEAM – Barcelona 2018 Pre-Season Test Two – Day Four
Driver: Charles Leclerc
Laps Completed: 75
Best Lap Time: 1:19.118
The final day of pre-season testing came to an end with Charles Leclerc. The young driver completed 75 laps throughout the day and his running was cut short due to a minor incident in the morning in which he went off-track and touched the barrier.
Charles Leclerc: “Today’s session was not ideal. It was unfortunate that we lost some track time after I ran off the track in the morning. I was back on track in the afternoon and completed some runs testing some different tyres.”
“It was interesting to drive in the hyper soft compound for the first time in this car – overall, the test has been quite positive for me. I accumulated some good mileage and gained valuable experience in the C37.”
“I’m looking forward to my first race in Melbourne now.”
TIMESHEET – Barcelona 2018 Pre-Season Test Two – Day Four
Below you can check out all the times from the final day of testing.
PHOTOS – Barcelona 2018 Pre-Season Test Two – Day Four
Here you can see some photos which were taken from the final day of pre-season testing.