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|
|Circuit:||Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya|
|Circuit Length:||4.655 km|
|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)
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.
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.
|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