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: 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: 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.”
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
|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|