2017 Hungary In-Season Test, Day 2

George wraps up second in-season test of 2017

Date: Wednesday 02 August 2017
Driver: George Russell
Circuit: Hungaroring
Circuit Length: 4.381km
Laps Completed: 90
Distance Covered: 394km
Best Lap Time: 1:19.391
Weather Conditions: Dry, sunny, hot

Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport completed 90 laps of the Hungaroring on Wednesday, as the second in-season test of 2017 concluded in Hungary.

George Russell was behind the wheel of the W08 EQ Power+ and ended the day in P8, clocking a 1:19.391 on the SuperSoft compound tyre in the afternoon.

  • Today’s programme mainly focused on aero testing items, some mechanical systems work, race start and controls systems development as well as testing of the Halo
  • Loss of oil pressure caused George to stop on track shortly before the test ended
  • Mercedes-Benz Power Units completed a total of 866 laps – 3,794km – during the Budapest test

George Russell
I was very pleased with the test. I managed to get through the two days not so physically tired. I feel like I could have done even more laps. It’s obviously extremely tough driving the 2017 car. And there’s no rest at a circuit like this – especially in 36 degree temperature. I was playing it safe because I knew I had two days in the car with lots of mileage planned. I wanted to do a good job for the team and tick of all of their test items. We didn’t focus on coming out on top of the timesheets. We came away from this test learning a lot. From our point of view we took everything away we needed to. We had a couple of issues this morning, as things didn’t go quite to plan. But we had a very productive afternoon. At the end of the day, the engineers told me I had a loss of oil pressure and had to stop the car. That’s all I know at this stage, we’re looking into it more at the moment. I had a much better view with the Halo than I expected. When the sun was coming down at the end of the day, it blocked the sun from my eyes. So I actually saw more than I would usually see when the sun is low. From a driver’s perspective, the visibility is completely fine. The only hindrance could potentially be seeing the start lights. Getting in and out of the car with the Halo takes a bit of experience. I struggled initially, but after a few trial runs I was fine.

Pos. Driver Team Time Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel (5) Ferrari 1:17.124 40
2 Lando Norris (47) McLaren 1:17.385 91
3 Kimi Räikkönen (7) Ferrari 1:17.842 60
4 Robert Kubica (46) Renault 1:18.572 142
5 Carlos Sainz (55) Toro Rosso 1:18.850 68
6 Daniil Kvyat (26) Toro Rosso 1:19.116 54
7 Lucas Auer (35) Force India 1:19.242 49
8 George Russell (63) Mercedes 1:19.391 90
9 Nikita Mazepin (34) Force India 1:19.692 48
10 Pierre Gasly (15) Red Bull 1:20.337 107
11 Luca Ghiotto (41) Williams 1:20.414 161
12 Santino Ferrucci (50) Haas 1:20.994 116
13 Nobuharu Matsushita (36) Sauber 1:21.998 121