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TEST REPORT: Making Up For Lost Time

TEST REPORT: Making Up For Lost Time

Silver Arrows push on as testing resumes in Barcelona

Silver Arrows cruise past 130 lap mark as testing resumes in Barcelona

Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport picked up where it left off last week in Spain, adding more miles to the W08’s running total as the second pre-season test kicked off at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas hit the 135 lap tally on Tuesday, taking the Silver Arrows’ total count for pre-season testing to 1,321 laps – 3,225 km.

Lewis was in the car in the morning, focusing on aero data collection with some development parts for Australia but his programme was cut short by an hour after the team discovered damage to the floor of the car.

Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas hit the 135 lap tally on Tuesday

Lewis kicked off today's test with aero data collection with some development parts

Lewis: We’re on target in terms of the laps that we’ve done and the mileage

The three-time World Champion ended the day with 49 laps on his tally and a best time of 1:20.456, enough for fourth on the leaderboard.

“I didn’t get a massive amount of laps in this morning but the car was feeling similar to last week,” said Lewis. “The track wasn’t feeling great. We’re still just trying to get as much running in as possible, it’s still a work in progress.

“We’re on target in terms of the laps that we’ve done and the mileage, but we’re always searching for more performance.  I think the car will start to come together this week. There’s still bits coming in and we’re improving all the time, but I’m confident by Melbourne we’ll have the best car we can. We’ll have all the upgrade parts, an understanding of the set-up and where we need to put the car to make it fastest.

Valtteri: We managed to complete more mileage

“We had some damage to the floor this morning, which is why we stopped early. I sacrificed a little bit of my time to make sure Valtteri’s car was fixed for the afternoon.”

Valtteri hit the track in the W08 in the afternoon, carrying out long runs, set-up work and tyre analysis ahead of the season-opener in Australia.

“We managed to complete more mileage – more than 80 laps in four hours – which is good,” said Valtteri. “We’re still focusing on the long runs and doing setup changes and learning about the car, so it was a valuable day.

Valtteri took over in the cockpit for the afternoon session

Valtteri will take the wheel of the W08 tomorrow morning

Valtteri: We’re not looking at lap times right now

“We haven’t quite got to the point where we want to be yet. There’s always work to do with the car and we’re evaluating all the upgrades – what’s good and what’s not good - and seeing in what areas we still need to improve.

“We’re not looking at lap times right now, but we can beat the 1:19:705 we set last week if we want to, it’s definitely possible.”

Lewis: It’s going to be interesting over the next few days and when we arrive in Australia

While the Mercedes-powered Williams of Felipe Massa topped the timesheets on Tuesday, Lewis and Valtteri both hinted that Ferrari and Red Bull are likely to remain the Silver Arrows’ closest rivals.

“When we left here last week it looked like Ferrari was our closest rivals, today Red Bull look quick, said Lewis. “It’s going to be interesting over the next few days and when we arrive in Australia. The field will be close, that’s for sure.”

Mercedes-Benz Power Units today completed a total of 2,071 km

Valtteri will take the wheel of the W08 tomorrow morning, with Lewis driving in the afternoon

Valtteri: We’ll need to keep working hard to be in the best shape possible for Melbourne

Valtteri added: “I think Ferrari are looking very good – they seem to be consistent and fast. We shouldn’t underestimate them or Red Bull. We’ll need to keep working hard to be in the best shape possible for Melbourne.”

The second pre-season test continues on Wednesday, with Valtteri driving the W08 in the morning and Lewis taking the wheel for the afternoon session.

2017 Pre-Season Test 2, Day 1

Pos Driver Team Laps Time
01 Felipe Massa (19) Williams 1:19.726 168
02 Daniel Ricciardo (3) Red Bull 1:19.900 89
03 Sebastian Vettel (5) Ferrari 1:19.906 168
04 Lewis Hamilton (44) Mercedes 1:20.456 49
05 Valtteri Bottas (77) Mercedes 1:20.924 86
06 Esteban Ocon (31) Force India 1:21.347 142
07 Nico Hülkenberg (27) Renault 1:21.589 58
08 Kevin Magnussen (20) Haas 1:21.676 81
09 Daniil Kvyat (26) Toro Rosso 1:21.743 83
10 Stoffel Vandoorne (2) McLaren 1:22.537 80
11 Pascal Wehrlein (94) Sauber 1:23.336 47
12 Marcus Ericsson (9) Sauber 1:23.630 53
13 Jolyon Palmer (30) Renault 1:24.790 15

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