Barcelona 2018 Pre-Season Test Two – Day One
At the end of the month, we’re jetting off to Australia for the start of the 2018 Formula 1 season and today, it was the start of the Barcelona 2018 Pre-Season Test Two, Day One with the weather a lot better, giving drivers the opportunity to get out on track.
MERCEDES – Barcelona 2018 Pre-Season Test Two – Day One
Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport kicked off the second week of pre-season testing in Barcelona with a productive day’s work following the weather conditions last week.
Drivers: Valtteri Bottas (AM) – Lewis Hamilton (PM)
Laps Completed: Bottas: 86 – Hamilton: 91 – Total: 177
Best Lap Times: Bottas: 1:20.596 – Hamilton: 1:20.808
Valtteri Bottas: “The conditions today were much better than last week and we’re all really happy about that. We got lots of valuable data today. This morning we focused on medium to long runs, trying different mechanical setups of the car.”
“In these weather conditions we start to really work the tyres and we had a few issues to manage. So we had a few more challenges with the tyres which we had last week but at least now, they can warm up.”
“We keep discovering more about the new car, learning how it reacts to different settings. We did more than 80 laps – so more than a race distance, a really good mileage. The car was very reliable, I really enjoyed being back in the car and I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”
Lewis Hamilton:“It’s been a good day. We’ve got through everything we needed and put good mileage on the car – it’s been productive.”
“The biggest challenge we faced today was to get the tyres working properly on this new track surface. The medium tyre was difficult to get working: the soft tyre is better for warm-up but suffered with degradation – we are learning all the time.”
“Overall, it’s been a good start to the second test although there’s not a whole lot to say at this moment – we haven’t worked too much on fine-tuning the set-up as we’re mostly still gathering information. In the next couple of days, once we get into the long runs and some shorter style qualifying-style runs – we will have a better idea of where the car is.”
MCLAREN – Barcelona 2018 Pre-Season Test Two – Day One
The team had some issues which interrupted the start of the testing day however once the car went out on track, later in the afternoon the team faced more issues which cut the session short. Here’s what their driver, Stoffel Vandoorne, had to say following the session.
Driver: Stoffel Vandoorne
Laps Completed: 38
Best Lap Time: 1:21.946
Stoffel Vandoorne: “Today was challenging because of the issues we had which interrupted our running for today. We had a few stoppages on track, and we’ve been working through each one to make sure we’re fully prepared for tomorrow.
“The kinds of issue we’ve had weren’t particularly serious, but have taken a relatively long time to fix, so we weren’t able to run as much as we planned. The conditions this afternoon were quite tricky due to the wind, so the running we did wasn’t so representative.”
“We’re hopeful the issues have been fixed and we can have a more productive day tomorrow.”
Eric Boullier (Racing Director): “Today wasn’t the day we had hoped for on track, but, despite this, we aren’t overly concerned about the issues that we’ve faced today.”
“It’s obviously not the productive day we had planned, but the problems – a battery issue and a hydraulic leak – are the types of niggles that we almost hope and expect to face during testing, in order to prepare us properly for the season ahead.”
“We are here to test, and today is what sometimes happens in testing. It’s not ideal, and we would have liked more track time, but we’re working on it, we’re learning from it, and we’ll return to the track tomorrow armed with more information.”
RED BULL RACING – Barcelona 2018 Pre-Season Test Two – Day One
The Red Bull Racing team had a productive day with Max Verstappen handling today’s testing session, despite there being a slight issue, the team managed to rectify the car allowing Verstappen to make his way back out onto the circuit a little before the chequered flag was shown.
Driver: Max Verstappen
Laps Completed: 130
Best Lap Time: 1:20.649
Max Verstappen: “It was a good day today. We did a lot of laps and that’s really important, just to put mileage up on the car. We had a small problem with the battery late in the day, so we had to change that and it takes a bit of time, but afterwards it was all good.”
“The car feels good. Everyone of course wants to know where we think we are in relation to our opposition but honestly it’s impossible to tell until we get to Australia, as you don’t know what everyone else is doing.”
“In terms of where this car is improved over last year, again it’s very difficult to say as the new surface here changes how you drive and that, together with the new tyres, makes it difficult to pinpoint any particular area.”
“Also, with the first week not being that successful in terms of temperatures and so on, it’s still all to be discovered. I know it feels faster though!”
SAUBER F1 TEAM – Barcelona 2018 Pre-Season Test Two – Day One
With rays of sunshine, today was a good day for the teams to test their cars in Barcelona. The team’s main focus today was aerodynamic and mechanic testing – below, you can see what Marcus Ericsson had to say following day one of test two.
Driver: Marcus Ericsson
Laps Completed: 120
Best Lap Time: 1:21.706
Marcus Ericsson: “Overall, it was a positive day for us. I completed a good number of laps, and the weather conditions were more representative in comparison to last week.”
“We are continuing to understand the car and can see its potential. We have a lot of work ahead of us and are moving in the right direction.”
“I look forward to getting back in the car on Day 3.”
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