Winter Testing: Barcelona F1 – Day 2
Today, we had the second day of testing in Barcelona and here, you can catch up with all the latest F1 news from the day – including driver interviews and feedback.
Overall, it was a smooth day for the teams but as we all know – we shouldn’t look at the results from testing too much as things will undoubtedly change for the start of the 2019 Formula 1 season in Melbourne.
Take a look at all the details below!
For the second day of pre-season testing in Barcelona, we saw the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 team continue their aero and set-up programme whilst also running a number of systems checks on the W10.
Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas managed to bring home 163 laps – accumulating miles as the new car continues to work reliably.
In the morning, as mentioned in the Day 1 Testing article, Lewis Hamilton drove the car for the morning session – focusing on aero work whereas Valtteri Bottas took over the afternoon session, working on the set-up programme.
Tomorrow, the drivers will switch again – with Valtteri Bottas driving in the morning and Lewis Hamilton taking over for the afternoon session.
Lewis Hamilton: “It’s been a good day overall. It was quite cold in the morning, so switching the tyres on was a little bit tricky, but it seemed like a few people had similar issues.”
“We were focusing on working through our run plan and we got through everything we wanted. It’s good that we’re getting in a lot of mileage and we will try to increase that over the next days as we continue to discover the characteristics of this car.”
“That’s the exciting part about it – learning something new and being faced with different challenges. Everyone is working so diligently, I’m really happy to be here with everyone for the seventh year in a row and I’m excited for this journey that we’re embarking on.”
Valtteri Bottas: “We did a lot of laps today and again managed to complete our run plan. We’re learning a lot about the W10 with each run and we’re building a better understanding of the set-up. The car was better balanced than yesterday, but there’s still a bit of room for improvement.”
“As you can tell from the lap times, we’ve been focusing on long-run work. I’ll be in the car tomorrow morning, so it will be a busy evening for me, taking in all the learnings from today.”
“It’s been a pretty normal test so far; fortunately, the car has been very reliable, so that’s good news.”
For the Scuderia Ferrari F1 team, we saw Charles Leclerc make his team ‘debut’ in testing – completing a total of 157 laps, 73 of which were in the morning and a further 84 were completed in the afternoon. Right after Leclerc got in his car at 9 in the morning – the session was red-flagged and had to wait almost half an hour before he could go out on track….
Consistent Lap Times – Leclerc quickly got to grips with the SF90 and produced consistent lap times which is great for the season ahead.
This is also useful for the engineers as they evaluated different options and parameters on the car in race trim. His best time was 1:18.247 and this was set just before the lunchbreak.
Charles Leclerc: “I am very happy with how today went – despite the red-flag interruptions, we were able to get through all our programme and to do 157 laps which has produced a lot of useful data for the team.”
“In terms of feeling – I quickly felt comfortable with the SF90 and I have to say that I really enjoyed myself – emotion? There’s always going to be some when you get into a Ferrari but today, I put that to one side because I had a job to do for the team.”
“Let’s hope we keep going like this over the next few days because it’s important to make the most of the few on-track testing opportunities like we have.”
Sebastian Vettel will be back in the car tomorrow before Leclerc takes over for the final day.
Red Bull Racing
Day 2 for the Red Bull Racing team which saw Pierre Gasly get his first go in the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB15. The team’s new recruit and Max Verstappen’s team-mate managed to log 92 laps at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya before a late afternoon spin which cut short the team’s running for the day.
Here’s what Pierre had to say…
Pierre Gasly: “The day was positive and I was really happy to be back behind the wheel after the winter break” said Pierre. “The first feeling is good. It was important for me to get comfortable in the car and we managed to do more than 90 laps.”
“This afternoon, I was pushing and out of Turn 10 I went on the power, upshifted to fifth and lost the rear of the car. It was quite annoying to lose the last hour of testing.”
“Apart from that, we tested a lot of things and got a lot of good information, there is a good potential. Of course we still have a lot of work to do over the next six days of testing but for me, aside from the last bit, the first day was great.”
Head of Race Engineering, Guillaume Rocquelin: “It happens. Prior to Pierre’s spin we had been doing a lot of short runs to gather data and there is quite a reset after that. Pierre was then on a quick lap and as you’d expect he was finding the limit.”
“He’s understandably not happy but it’s not a disaster. We have a bit of work on this evening but we’ll be ready for tomorrow. Aside from that, Pierre had a good first day in the car. The target this morning was to get more miles on the car, to give him a good feel for it and to cycle through tyres.”
“There were some background tests happening but it was mainly about Pierre getting comfortable. In the afternoon, we switched to data gathering over short runs and that was the focus up until late afternoon and the spin.”
Today, it was another valuable day for the McLaren F1 team with Lando Norris being the driver behind the wheel of the MCL34, the first time he’s been in the car.
A good day for the driver who completed 104 laps – starting out with aero correlation which then continued with more data capture and analysis of the information which Carlos Sainz had gathered during his time in the car in Day 1 of testing.
In the afternoon session, the team then moved to a series of longer runs and pit-stop practices for the team – another first for Lando Norris in testing.
The team overall seem happy with the progress – completing it’s scheduled test programme.
The team then headed over to debrief and overnight, the team will be working hard, analysing data and preparing the car for Carlos Sainz who’ll be taking over tomorrow.
Lando Norris: “Being my first time in the car, I’m pretty happy with how today has gone. The team has done an awesome job getting everything together and over the last two days – we’ve done a lot of mileage which is the best thing we can hope for.”
“Right now, the times aren’t important to us – it’s about getting through the plans we have to do – especially in this part of the season when there are a lot of new things on the car to test.”
“I’ve not done much long running in the past or pit-stops so getting up to speed and talking to my engineers are the most important things for me – helping me to get on top and be ready over the next two weeks.”
“Laps, mileage and reliability are the main objectives at the moment – as well as getting to know the car.”
“Of course, we still have a lot of things we need to continue to work on and improve over the next few days and it’s definitely a work in progress.”
OFFICIAL TESTING TIMES
1. Charles Leclerc – Ferrari – 1:18.247 – 157 Laps
2. Lando Norris – McLaren – 1:18.553 – 104 Laps
3. Kevin Magnussen – Haas – 1:19.206 – 59 Laps
4. Alexander Albon – Toro Rosso – 1:19.301 – 132 Laps
5. Antonio Giovinazzi – Alfa Romeo – 1:19.312 – 101 Laps
6. Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes-AMG – 1:19.535 – 89 Laps
7. Pierre Gasly – Red Bull Racing – 1:19.814 – 92 Laps
8. Nico Hulkenberg – Renault – 1:19:837 – 95 Laps
9. Daniel Ricciardo – Renault – 1:19.886 – 28 Laps
10. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes-AMG – 1:19.928 – 74 Laps
11. Lance Stroll – Racing Point – 1:20.433 – 79 Laps
12. Pietro Fittipaldi – Haas – 1:21.849 – 13 Laps