2018 Barcelona In-Season Test – Day 2
Location: Barcelona, Spain
In-Season Test – Barcelona
Yesterday, we had the first day of in-season testing in Barcelona (click this post here) and today, it was the second and final day for the teams in Barcelona before heading off to get ready for the next race on the 2018 Formula 1 Calendar.
Valtteri Bottas ended the day at the top of the timesheets and below, you can see what teams and drivers had to say.
MERCEDES – 2018 Barcelona In-Season test – Day 2
Driver: Valtteri Bottas
Laps Completed: 139
Best Lap Time: 1:16.904
Valtteri Bottas: “Today was really interesting and we got through our programme fairly smoothly. We had a good baseline from last weekend and used it to work on different set-ups, trying out bigger changes than we normally would on a race weekend.”
“We also tried to gather some information on the tyres, as we will see similarly smooth tarmac at Silverstone and Paul Ricard.”
“I enjoyed being in the car today, I’m looking forward to being back in action next week in Monaco.”
Andrew Shovlin: “We had Valtteri in the car today and have had another very useful day of testing with the car running faultlessly throughout.”
“We had a fairly similar programme to Lewis – using the early part of the day to do a number of the aerodynamic test items, then getting into a programme of short run work before lunch and then the longer runs in the afternoon.”
“There were a few cars that stopped on track during the afternoon which caused red flags – this does impact on your plans but we have been able to complete almost all the important work which we had planned and have made good progress in further understanding the car and the tyres”
“We have a very busy few days coming up, finishing our analysis from the race and test and getting stuck into preparations for Monaco to ensure that we are ready for it’s unique challenges.”
MCLAREN – 2018 Barcelona In-Season test – Day 2
Driver: Stoffel Vandoorne, Lando Norris
Laps Completed: 176
Best Lap Time: Stoffel Vandoorne: 1:19.914 – Lando Norris: 1:18.039
Today, Lando and Stoffel swapped MCL33 cockpits today – Land got behind the wheel of the McLaren test car with the updated aero package and Stoffel took over tyre-testing duties for Pirelli.
Stoffel Vandoorne: “It was a good day today and we covered a lot of laps in a relatively short period. We were testing for Pirelli to help them develop the tyres but also for me, it’s good to be on the track and deal with the different changes – without adjusting the set-up.”
“Today’s running was valuable as I was able to get a feel and compare the two packaged – it meant that I could see like-for-like what the improvements are in the new package and how they affect the car performance.”
RED BULL RACING – 2018 Barcelona In-Season test – Day 2
Driver: Jake Dennis
Laps Completed: 75
Best Lap Time: 1:20.440
Jake Dennis: “My first day in the RB14 went really well – obviously it’s a big step up from what I’m used to in GT racing but I got used to the speed and the grip quite quickly and we managed to get through the whole run plan in the end.”
“The morning session went pretty smoothly and then in the afternoon I managed to get a few laps under my belt which was good. It was nice to change a few things to give me a proper representation of the difference between the simulator and real life so we have a few things to work on back in Milton Keynes.”
“This will all help Max and Daniel and make it even more realistic for them – overall, super-happy and a big thanks to the team for giving me the opportunity and hopefully, I’ll be back in the RB14 soon!”
That’s all from in-season testing, we’re now getting ready for the Monaco Grand Prix next week and there’s LOTS on the way!