Lewis took over the wheel for his penultimate day of pre-season testing. His programme largely mirrored Jenson’s day yesterday: he spent the morning running pitstop rehearsals with a full-race crew, which was cut short by a minor hydraulics leak.

The morning’s planned race simulation was also halted due to an exhaust failure just before lunch.

For the afternoon, Lewis and the engineers ran through a number of set-up evaluations, conducted over shorter runs. Lewis declared himself positive with the new components brought to this test, and the team is positive that it can end its preparations with two trouble-free days of running.

Tomorrow is a changeover day for the team, which will not be running at the Circuit de Catalunya. Track testing resumes on Friday, with Jenson once again driving MP4-26.