More overnight rain meant that Lewis’s day began with some installation laps on wet tyres – his first experience of Pirelli’s Intermediate and Full-Wet compounds.
The morning was spent focusing on shorter runs, with some brief downtime shortly before lunch to correct a minor mechanical issue. In the afternoon, Lewis conducted longer runs, evaluating tyre behaviour over the course of a stint.
Lewis said: “This was a positive day: we’ve been focusing on our programme, trying to complete as many laps as possible, improve reliability and understand the Pirelli tyres. We’re learning more and more about them every day.
“We’ve had a few technical issues with this car, but the guys have been working incredibly to rectify them. To get more than 90 laps under my belt today was a big positive, and I’m looking forward to a trouble-free day tomorrow.”