The W08 stretches its legs in Barcelona, as Silver Arrows smash through 150 lap barrier
Second day of testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport added more miles onto the all-new W08 as F1 testing continued for a second day at Spain’s Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
Lewis Hamilton kicked off the team’s programme in the morning, focusing on aero data collection and vibration logging, before moving on to analysis of the softer tyre compounds and setup work.
The three-time Formula One World Champion managed 66 laps – exactly a full-race distance – en route to second on the timed sheets with a 1:20.983 as the team ran the SuperSoft tyre for the first time in 2017.
Lewis: 'My quick lap felt fast and tidy'
“Yesterday was a really positive day,” said Lewis. “It was an easier morning and we started off on the right foot. On Monday, there was an element of brushing off the cobwebs, it being the first day in the car, so it took a little longer than normal to really acclimatise in the car and to find exactly where to exploit the its ability.
“I didn’t do a huge amount of laps but I got a really good feel for the car. I think we’ve made some steps forward in development. My quick lap felt fast and tidy. We’ve not really exploited the potential of the car, so it’s all good foundation building at this stage.”
Valtteri Bottas was behind the wheel of the new Silver Arrow in the afternoon
Valtteri Bottas was behind the wheel of the new Silver Arrow in the afternoon session, completing a race simulation before rounding off the day with further aero tests.
The Finn had a brief brush with the barriers as the session was winding down, but quickly returned to the track and ended the day with a mighty haul of 102 laps on the board.
“I think it was another good test day for the team,” said the Finn. “We did so many laps again and completed all the runs that we had planned to do. I worked on race simulations in the afternoon. It was quite tricky with the windy conditions but I’m sure that we can learn a lot from the data.
Valtteri: 'All the set-up work we’ve done has been very valuable'
“I had a small off but it wasn’t anything serious. I lost the rear end with a gust of tail wind that was quite sudden. This is testing – you need to find the limits.”
“It’s interesting to learn more about the new car – not just for me personally, but for us as a team. All the set-up work we’ve done has been very valuable. Two more days to go – I’m looking forward to it.”
Lewis and Valtteri added another 782km to the W08’s tally in winter testing thus far, bringing the running total to 1,490km – or more than four full race distances of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
Mark Ellis: 'I think testing has gone pretty well so far'
Performance Director Mark Ellis has been satisfied with the team’s start to the year – but isn’t discounting any of the team’s rivals just yet.
“I think testing has gone pretty well so far,” said Mark. “We’ve racked up plenty of laps. We’re getting the miles up and working through our list of objectives, which includes running through all the potential scenarios ahead of the first race in Melbourne as well as the base performance work with the new car and tyres.
“Pre-season testing is not just a case of shaking out the bugs in the car, we also run through all the possible situations we may face during a race event; all the backups in the code, all the default modes in the car, all the scenarios with the driver, pit stop practice, the race weekend format, we have to practice and rehearse everything on top of trying to make the car go fast.
Anybody could spring a surprise
“The Ferrari has been very quick on both days with both drivers – certainly over one lap,” he added. “They seem to have been focusing more on one-lap pace, while we’ve been focusing on the long runs, so it’s hard to compare. We don’t underestimate any of our rivals and with the new rule changes there could easily be more than just be the usual suspects in the hunt. Anybody could spring a surprise.”
Pre-season testing in Barcelona continues for a third day on Wednesday, with Valtteri kicking off the test programme in the morning, and Lewis stepping into the car for the afternoon.
Results: 2017 Pre-Season Test 1, Day 2
|Pos||Driver||Team||Laps Completed||Best Lap Time|
|01||Kimi Räikkönen (7)||Ferrari||108||1.20.960|
|02||Lewis Hamilton (44)||Mercedes||66||1:20.983|
|03||Max Verstappen (33)||Red Bull||89||1:22.200|
|04||Kevin Magnussen (20)||Haas||118||1:22.204|
|05||Esteban Ocon (31)||Force India||86||1:22.509|
|06||Daniil Kvyat (26)||Toro Rosso||68||1:22.956|
|07||Valtteri Bottas (77)||Mercedes||102||1:22.986|
|08||Jolyon Palmer (30)||Renault||53||1:24.139|
|09||Antonio Giovinazzi (36)||Sauber||67||1:24.617|
|10||Stoffel Vandoorne (2)||McLaren||40||1:25.600|
|11||Lance Stroll (18)||Williams||12||1:26.040|