16 May 2018
Driver:                      Jake Dennis
Car:                         RB14
Laps:                        75
Best time:                 1:20.440
Circuit length:            4.655km
Fastest Lap:               V. Bottas (1:16.904)
The second and final day of the first in-season Formula 1 test of the year saw a new name on the timesheets for Aston Martin Red Bull Racing as Simulator Development Driver Jake Dennis took part in his test debut for the Team. And despite a number of red flags in the afternoon session, GT racer Dennis completed 75 laps of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya as he gained valuable real-world experience of the RB14 to aid with the team’s simulator programme, and as the team continued to evaluate test items targeted at upcoming races.
Commenting on his first track outing for the team, Jake said: “My first day in the RB14 went really well. Obviously it’s a big step up from what I’m used to in GT racing but I got used to the speed and the grip quite quickly and we managed to get through the whole run plan in the end. The morning session went pretty smoothly and then in the afternoon I managed to get quite a few laps under my belt, which was good. It was nice to change a few things to give me a proper representation of the difference between the simulator and real life. So we have a few things to work on back in Milton Keynes to help Max and Daniel and make it even more realistic for them. But overall, super happy, a big thanks to the team for giving me the opportunity, and hopefully I’ll be back in the RB14 soon!”
Senior Projects Engineer Jeff Calam added: “Today was very much an engineering biased day and we didn’t expect to rack up the kind of mileage we amassed yesterday or to target any kind of meaningful lap time. In the morning we were focused on aero mapping and after that we had quite a long stop over lunch to make some changes to the car. The downtime ended up being a bit longer due to red flags this afternoon but while we lost about an hour and a half it didn’t affect the programme we were running and we got through all the test items on the agenda. It was very useful day for Jake, too, and he was able to get a good feeling for the car and provided us with good feedback throughout. In all I’d say he did a very good job and did everything that we asked of him. No headlines for us today but the work we did and the data gathered will be of great value going forward.”