Jenson’s final day of running at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya was somewhat frustrating: a hydraulics failure after just a handful of laps of aero-mapping cost him the majority of the morning’s track-time.
A similar failure towards the end of the day also brought an early end to proceedings.
He said: “We’re not doing as many laps as we’d like, so we’re a little behind some of the other teams, which is a bit of a disadvantage, but that’s something we’re addressing. Over the next two days, hopefully our reliability will be better, and we’ll be fully equipped with spare parts.
“Mileage not only helps reliability, but it’s also useful for set-up work. It’s difficult to balance the car with the front wing when you’re trying a variety of tyre compounds and fuel loads. And it’s taken a bit of a time, especially at a circuit like this, where getting the aero balance right is important.
“There’s a lot more performance still to come from this car – now we just need some proper mileage to see what it can do. Hopefully, Lewis will be able to achieve that over the next two days.”