Barcelona Test No. 2: Day 2 Recap
Date: Wednesday, March 2
Location: Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya
Layout: 4.655-kilometer (2.89-mile), 16-turn circuit
Driver: Esteban Gutiérrez
Laps Completed: 1
Distance Completed: 4.655 kilometers (2.89 miles)
Best Lap Time: N/A
Fastest Lap: 1:23.261 by Valtteri Bottas (Williams)
Most Laps: 166 by Carlos Sainz (Toro Rosso)
A solitary installation lap was the only running Esteban Gutiérrez was able to accomplish Wednesday during preseason testing at the Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya. The brief outing was enough to diagnose an anomaly with the VF-16’s turbocharger, which had been changed overnight following Tuesday’s test session.
The team had to remove the turbocharger to properly source the issue, whereupon the rest of the day was spent preparing for an on-track return Thursday, the penultimate day of preseason testing.
Esteban Gutiérrez: Driver, No21
“As you can imagine, today has been a bit frustrating. However, we’re working really well as a team to resolve the situation. Testing is about solving these issues ahead of the first race. The team has been doing a great job working very closely together, preparing the car day and night. I’m confident we’ll have a positive outcome for the rest of the test.”
Guenther Steiner: Team Principal
“We changed the turbocharger last night and this morning on the installation lap we saw an anomaly. When the car entered the garage we decided to take the turbocharger off and check it to see what was going on. The aim was to get out again today. Obviously, that wasn’t possible and we didn’t manage any further running.
“These cars are very complex. However, everybody is working hard to get the car ready for tomorrow. We’re very positive we can achieve that and get us back on track. We’ll keep on trying, we’ll keep working hard and then we’ll have success.”
Romain Grosjean returns to the VF-16 on Thursday and will remain in the car through the end of preseason testing on Friday. Once the track goes cold at the end of Friday, it will be only 13 days until the VF-16 returns to action with the rest of the field for Round 1 of the 2016 FIA Formula One World Championship – the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. Practice begins March 18, qualifying takes place March 19 and the race runs March 20.