Date Wednesday May 14 2014
Driver Stoffel Vandoorne
Location Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (4.655km)
Best laptime 1m28.441s
Programme This week’s post-race test at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya concluded today.
Today’s programme had been exclusively reserved for Pirelli tyre testing, with driving duties undertaken by the team’s reserve driver Stoffel Vandoorne, who had his first-ever run in a Formula 1 car today.
It was a successful and trouble-free day, Stoffel impressing the team with his maturity, feedback and pace. He went on to complete 136 laps – more than any other driver – running all his tyre testing on Pirelli’s Hard compound, while all other cars used Medium or Soft tyres.
By completing more than 600km, Stoffel today accrued enough mileage (300km) to earn himself a Formula 1 Superlicence.
Speaking afterwards, Stoffel said:
“This has been a fantastic day for me: my first experience in a Formula 1 car, and a really great opportunity to get plenty of laps under my belt.
“I want to say a big thank-you to the team – everyone has been incredibly helpful and positive. It’s also great to have been able to contribute to the test programme: 136 laps today was a fantastic achievement, and it’s great that it’s earned me the right to be granted a Formula 1 Superlicence.
“Now my focus turns towards my next event – the GP2 races in Monte-Carlo next Friday and Saturday. I’m looking forward to bouncing back from a tricky weekend in Barcelona, and would love to get some great results in Monaco.”
1 Pastor Maldonado Lotus 1m24.871s 102 laps
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m25.805s 102 laps
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m26.480s 94 laps
4 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 1m26.972s 85 laps
5 Susie Wolff Williams 1m27.280s 55 laps
6 Jules Bianchi Marussia 1m27.718s 55 laps
7 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1m27.973s 73 laps
8 Daniel Juncadella Force India 1m28.278s 91 laps
9 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1m28.441s 136 laps
10 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1m28.910s 21 laps
What’s next We return to the factory, where Kevin and Jenson have already begun their preparatory work for next weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix.
Test dates Two days (May 13-14)