IN-SEASON TEST, HUNGARY – DAY TWO
Driver: Pierre Gasly
Best time: 1:20.337
Circuit length: 4.381km
Fastest Lap: S. Vettel (1:17.124)
The final day of Formula One testing in Budapest saw the team complete 107 largely trouble-free laps of the Hungaroring. Test and Reserve driver Pierre Gasly, took over driving duties from Max Verstappen, and after a compressed day yesterday, the Japanese Super Formula racer worked through a packed programme that saw him record the day’s fifth largest lap total.
Commenting on a busy day at the wheel of the RB13, Pierre said: “It’s always awesome to be back in a Formula One car. These opportunities don’t come up very often, as F1 testing is so limited, so it was great to be back behind the wheel. Max didn’t have the smoothest day yesterday so we had a lot of work to do. In terms of driving it wasn’t the most exciting day for me, but the programme was really useful for the team – a lot of aero testing, a lot of long runs. In terms of tyre management it was useful for me too in gaining an understanding of how the tyres perform. In the end we didn’t get time to do any performance runs but it’s more important to focus on what the team needs to learn, and in the end we did more than 100 laps, so a good day.”
Senior Projects Engineer Jeff Calam added: “We definitely had a more productive day than yesterday. We had a couple of small gremlins during the day but nothing that significantly affected running. In the morning we started with aero mapping work using our current package and then later on we worked through some items related to vehicle dynamics and suspension. After the lunch break we were mostly looking at tyre work and finally we went back to more aero mapping. It’s not headline-grabbing stuff but it is really valuable information for the team and definitely gives us some directions to explore for the upcoming races and beyond. It was good to have Pierre back in the car and as usual he was very consistent and gave great feedback. He has been a bit unlucky with technical issues when he’s tested with us before so it was nice to be able to give him a clear run today.”