15 MAY 2018
IN-SEASON TEST #1, BARCELONA – DAY 1
Driver:                        Max Verstappen
Car:                            RB14
Laps:                          148
Best time:                  1:17.528
Circuit length:           4.655km
Fastest Lap:               M. Verstappen (1:17.528)
Two days after scoring Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s 150th podium at the Spanish Grand Prix, Max Verstappen was today back behind the wheel of the RB14 at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya as the first in-season test of the current Formula 1 campaign got underway. On a productive day for the team, the Dutch driver worked through 148 laps of the track on his way to the top of the timesheet, logging a time of 1:17.528 on supersoft tyres in the final hour of the session.
Speaking at the end of the day Max said: “Today was about gaining even more understanding of the car and tyres and we completed more than the programme we set out, so it was very good. We did a lot of laps today and I think if it was day one of winter testing I’d feel it, but it was no problem today and physically everything was fine. That’s my test over now and the next stop for me is Zandvoort this coming Sunday, where Daniel, myself and David Coulthard will be doing some show car runs, and I hope we can give all the fans there a really good show.”
Senior Projects Engineer Jeff Calam added: “We had a really productive session today and while it was probably a pretty long day for Max, and for him not the most exciting, it was a really good day for the engineers, as we got through the whole programme we’d set out for the day. Today was mostly divided into understanding the tyres more, with the upcoming races in mind, and testing development parts. Everything went according to plan, we got a lot of data and we’re very happy with progress. We got in a lot of laps and a decent time, so all in all we’re very happy. Tomorrow, Jake Dennis, who is a Simulator Development Driver with the team, will take over from Max and it represents a really good opportunity for him to experience the RB14 first hand.”