Barcelona 2018 Pre-Season Test Two – Day Two
Test Two, Day Two was a great day for the Red Bull Racing Team as Daniel Ricciardo returned to the cockpit of the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB14 which resulted in him claiming top spot on the timesheet – also setting that fastest ever time around the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya with a lap time of 1:18.047.
The tyres which he used were the new Pirelli Hypersoft tyres.
RED BULL RACING – Barcelona 2018 Pre-Season Test Two – Day Two
Driver: Daniel Ricciardo
Laps Completed: 165
Best Lap Time: 1:18.047
Fastest Lap: Daniel Ricciardo (1:18.047)
Daniel Ricciardo: “Today was a good day – I survived! Today was an optimistic run plan and I didn’t think we would get that much done but we got through all of it so that was good. I think I’ll sleep well tonight.”
“It was a good bunch of laps today and I got a few quick ones in there which was nice – the hyper soft tyre helped of course but we made some changes early this morning and after some medium runs, we then went to the softer tyres and the changes we made seemed to help the car so there was a bit more confidence there.”
“The track was a good temperature today so we could start to get some real testing in – it was OK, I would have liked to get into the 17’s but we’ll save that for racing. In terms of the shape we’re in – I think we’re getting there, we’re in a decent place.”
Head of Race Engineering Guillaume Rocquelin: “On most days at testing you draw up your run plan, with every minute of the day accounted for, and within an hour you’ve torn that up and started to move things around.”
“Today wasn’t like that and we managed to get through every item on the agenda. We focused largely on working as if at a grand prix weekend, so we tried a variety of tyre compounds, we did long runs on high fuel and then a full race simulation, including pit stops and everything.”
“I think the hardest part of today was for Daniel, who wasn’t well yesterday. These are fit guys, but when you’re not in top form to be asked to get through the workload he did today and lap in the 1m18s is pretty impressive, so hats off to him.”
“In all, it was a very good day for us today. We’ll do the same programme with Max tomorrow and hopefully we’ll maintain the level of reliability we showed today.”
MERCEDES – Barcelona 2018 Pre-Season Test Two – Day Two
Another productive day for the Mercedes AMG Petronas team where both drivers took the car for a spin – completing 175 laps around the circuit.
Drivers: Valtteri Bottas – Lewis Hamilton
Laps Completed: 175
Best Lap Time: Valtteri Bottas: 1:18.560 Lewis Hamilton: 1:18.400
Lewis Hamilton: “Today’s been a positive day, the car is feeling good and the tyres are working. It’s nice to have some good weather so we can really try and get in the mileage.”
“The reliability has been good so far, which is a great sign of all the great, hard work the the team has put in over the winter. It’s still a work in progress however it’s going in the right direction. The team is working hard, both here and back at the factory – to continue to climb the upwards gradient which we’re currently on.”
“I’m just so proud that I’m driving a creating that these guys have all worked to the bone to create – I’m proud to be the one who gets to go out there and try to exploit this car and bring them the best results that they (the team) deserve.”
Valtteri Bottas: “The car felt OK, we did some shorter runs in the beginning and then the longer runs later in the afternoon. We definitely made some improvements again and we’ve made good progress since last year – but some of the other cars are looking quick as well.”
“We had decent temperatures so we could do some proper testing and learned a lot from today – we have some work to do to get more out of the soft compounds.”
“I always enjoy trying to extract everything out of the car but we still haven’t unlocked the full potential of the packaged we have so there’s more to come.”
MCLAREN – Barcelona 2018 Pre-Season Test Two – Day Two
Driver: Fernando Alonso
Laps Completed: 57
Best Lap Time: 1:19.856
Despite a positive start to the day and some productive running – Fernando’s programme was brought to a halt on track just after 11:00 when the team detected an oil leak.
Given the location of the leak and the time-consuming process required to identify and fix the issue, the team opted to swap the power unit so that the problem could be repaired outside the car.
Fernando then returned to the track just after 17:00 for a further 10 laps before the chequered flag.
Fernando Alonso: “Of course the programme which we had planned today was longer than 50-something laps but Stoffel and I faced a couple of issues over the last couple of days and this s part of testing – hopefully, these things won’t happen on lap 10 in Melbourne.”
“In a way, it’s useful learning and I’m happy that we’re continuing to make the car stronger and stronger – we managed to complete the important part of the programme this morning so the rest of the day was more about long runs and putting in the extra mileage.”
“I’m not worried about the track time which we lost today – we have one more day in the car before Australia and I hope that we will be able to do some long runs and check things in order to keep discovering more about the new package.”
“If we went to Australia tomorrow – I’d feel ok.”
ALFA ROMEO SAUBER F1 TEAM – Barcelona 2018 Pre-Season Test Two – Day Two
It has been a positive day of testing for the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team, with Charles Leclerc back in the cockpit of the C37 with the main focus being on mechanical set-up and tyre work, as well as a race simulation session in the afternoon.
Driver: Charles Leclerc
Laps Completed: 160
Fastest Lap Time: 1:20.918
Programme: Mechanical Tests & Tyre Work
Charles Leclerc: ” I am quite satisfied with today’s session. I completed a solid number of laps and learned a lot, especially during the race simulation runs in the afternoon.”
“We collected a lot of data, which we will now review to prepare for my final day of winter testing.”
“Overall, it was a productive day for us and I look forward to being back on track on Friday.”
PHOTOS – Barcelona 2018 Pre-Season Test Two, Day Two
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