F1: In-Season Testing

2018 Barcelona In-Season Test, Day 2

Valtteri laps the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya 139 times on the second and final day of in-season testing

Date: Wednesday 16 May 2018
Driver: Valtteri Bottas
Circuit: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Circuit Length: 4.655 km
Laps Completed: 139
Distance Covered: 647 km
Best Lap Time: 1:16.904

The Barcelona in-season test concluded on Wednesday, with Valtteri Bottas taking over the reins of the Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 EQ Power+. The Finn completed 139 laps in total and ended the day at the top of the timesheets.

  • One of the main priorities in the morning session was completing a series of aerodynamic test items, before the focus switched to shorter runs
  • In the afternoon, Valtteri moved onto longer runs
  • Valtteri’s best time of 1:16.904 was set on the SuperSoft tyre shortly before the lunch break
  • Mercedes-Benz Power Units today completed 495 laps in total (2,304 km)

Valtteri Bottas
Today was really interesting and we got through our programme fairly smoothly. We had a good baseline from last weekend and used it to work on different set-ups, trying out bigger changes than we normally would on a race weekend.

We also tried to gather some information on the tyres, as we will see similarly smooth tarmac at Silverstone and Paul Ricard. I enjoyed being back in the car today, I’m looking forward to being back in action next week in Monaco.

Andrew Shovlin
We’ve had Valtteri in the car today and have had another very useful day of testing, with the car running faultlessly throughout. We had a fairly similar programme to Lewis, using the early part of the day to do a number of the aerodynamic test items, then getting into a programme of short run work before lunch and longer runs in the afternoon.

There were a few cars that stopped on track in the afternoon causing red flags, which does impact on your plans. But, we have been able to complete almost all the important work we had planned and have made some good progress in further understanding the car and tyres. We have a very busy few days coming up, finishing our analysis from the race and test and getting stuck into preparations for Monaco to ensure we are ready for its unique challenges.

Pos. Driver Team Time Laps
1 Valtteri Bottas (77) Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport 1:16.904 139
2 Antonio Giovinazzi (99) Ferrari 1:16.972 148
3 Lando Norris (47) McLaren 1:18.039 80
4 Kevin Magnussen (20) Haas 1:18.274 75
5 Nikita Mazepin (34) Force India 1:18.344 112
6 Jack Aitken (45) Renault 1:18.942 120
7 Charles Leclerc (16) Sauber 1:18.993 139
8 Robert Kubica (40) Williams 1:19.253 123
9 Pierre Gasly (10) Toro Rosso 1:19.410 39
10 Stoffel Vandoorne (2) McLaren* 1:19.914 96
11 Jake Dennis (26) Red Bull 1:20.440 75
12 Sean Gelael (38) Toro Rosso 1:20.763 83
13 Nicholas Latifi (42) Force India* 1:21.412 121

*Conducting tyre testing with Pirelli