Budapest Test Four – Day One – Mercedes AMG Petronas

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Budapest Test Four – Day One – Mercedes AMG Petronas

F1: In-Season Testing

2018 Hungary In-Season Test, Day 1

George Russell tests for Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport in tricky conditions

Date: Tuesday 31 July 2018
Driver: George Russell
Circuit: Hungaroring
Circuit Length: 4.381 km
Laps Completed: 49
Distance Covered: 215 km
Best Lap Time: 1:19.781

Before Formula One heads into the summer break, the team returned to the Hungaroring for in-season testing, with George Russell behind the wheel of the Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 EQ Power+. The current Formula 2 Championship leader completed 49 laps in the Formula One car.

  • Today’s programme focused on aero rake data collection
  • The team also logged data on the vibration of engine and chassis components
  • A gearbox issue interrupted the run plan in the morning
  • George’s best time of 1:19.781 was set on the SuperSoft tyre in the afternoon
  • Mercedes-Benz Power Units today completed 217 laps in total (951 km)

George Russell
It’s been fantastic to get back behind the wheel of the Mercedes Formula One car. The speed, power and downforce are just completely on another level, so as soon as I jumped in this morning I had a massive smile on my face. Unfortunately, we didn’t quite do as many laps as anticipated owing to some rain this afternoon and a couple of small issues this morning. Nevertheless, it’s been a really good day for me and I think the team learned some things, which is important. Now I’m looking forward to tomorrow.

Andrew Shovlin
It wasn’t the best of days for us as we only completed 49 laps. We had an issue with the gearbox early on that cost us some time. We were able to tick off some of the data collection test items in the remainder of the morning and early afternoon but, just as we started to get into some proper running, it began to rain. It’s been good to see George back in the car today and he’s done a good job but we had hoped to keep him a bit busier. We’ve got a lot to do tomorrow, and it looks like we may get some more rain, so we will review our programme tonight to make sure we can make the most of these conditions.

Pos. Driver Team Time Laps
1 Antonio Giovinazzi (99) Ferrari 1:15.648 96
2 Marcus Ericsson (9) Sauber 1:18.155 95
3 Brendon Hartley (28) Toro Rosso 1:19.251 126
4 Lando Norris (47) McLaren 1:19.294 107
5 George Russell (63) Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport 1:19.781 49
6 Daniel Ricciardo (3) Red Bull 1:19.854 125
7 Nicholas Latifi (34) Force India 1:19.994 103
8 Nico Hülkenberg (27) Renault 1:20.826 63
9 Oliver Rowland (41) Williams 1:20.970 65
10 Sean Gelael (38) Toro Rosso* 1:21.451 109

*Conducting tyre testing with Pirelli

2018-07-31T19:51:56+00:00July 31st, 2018|Formula One, Mercedes|