• Test 1, Day 3: Valtteri and Lewis Conclude First Pre-Season Test

First pre-season test of 2020 F1 season concludes with 138 laps for Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team on day three 

The Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team wrapped up the first of two pre-season tests at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya with a productive third day of running for the new F1 W11 EQ Performance – completing 643 kilometres.

  • Valtteri was at the wheel for the morning session and topped the timesheets for the day, with the Finn focusing on aero data collection, shorter runs and set-up work
  • Lewis returned to the cockpit of the W11 for the afternoon, also concentrating on aero data collection and shorter runs, while also working on race start procedures
  • Today’s programme focused mainly on aero data collection and set-up work as well as practicing race start procedures
  • Mercedes-Benz Power Units completed a total of 1,518 km today
  • The F1 W11 EQ Performance will return to the track at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya next week, with the second pre-season test starting on Wednesday 26th February
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Valtteri Bottas

It’s been really fun today, especially getting to do some shorter runs and being able to push the car a little bit closer to the limits – seeing a little bit more of the performance of the car. I enjoyed it and it felt really good out there. It feels like we made a step with the set-up since yesterday. The car is very driveable and I’m sure with some more hard work next week, we can make it better, which will be the goal. Overall, it’s been a really good first test, we have made some improvements every day with the car. A big well done to every single team member to deliver the car and engine – great job! I’m looking forward to getting back in the car next week.

Lewis Hamilton

It’s been a great effort from the team and great to see that the reliability is as strong as it is. The car has felt pretty good out there. It’s been a solid first week and we’ve got some good mileage. It’s a true showing of all the incredible work everyone has done back at the factory and here at the track. I’m really proud of everyone. We’ve got to keep working hard, analyse all the data from this week and figure out how we can move the car forward and build on everything next week.

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James Allison

After the brief hiatus of yesterday, it was good to get a solid day of uninterrupted, reliable running today. Both drivers completed a programme of set-up work and an early look at the softer compound range. Just a very quick glimpse of that, but really useful preparation for the second week of testing where we have more of the soft rubber to bring. It’s been a good first week, the car has been broadly reliable, and the performance has been reasonably good throughout the week. There are, of course, many things to work on and we’ll be trying to do that in week two. But it’s a really good baseline. At the end of this first week, we start to get some sort of feeling for where all the teams are in the pecking order and especially now a few race distances have gone down. But it will be really interesting in the second week as our estimates start to refine further.

Results: Pre-Season Testing I - Day 3

Pos. Driver Team Time Laps
1 Valtteri Bottas (77) Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team
1:15.732 65
2 Lewis Hamilton (44) Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team
1:16.516 73
3 Esteban Ocon (31) Renault 1:17.102 76
4 Lance Stroll (18) Racing Point 1:17.338 116
5 Daniil Kvyat (26) AlphaTauri 1:17.427 62
6 Antonio Giovinazzi (99) Alfa Romeo 1:17.469 152
7 Daniel Ricciardo (3) Renault 1:17.574 93
8 Max Verstappen (33) Red Bull 1:17.636 86
9 Pierre Gasly (10) AlphaTauri 1:17.783 59
10 Alex Albon (23) Red Bull 1:18.154 83
11 Carlos Sainz (55) McLaren 1:18.274 76
12 Romain Grosjean (8) Haas 1:18.380 48
13 Sebastian Vettel (5) Ferrari 1:18.384 100
14 Lando Norris (4) McLaren 1:18.454 49
15 Nicholas Latifi (6) Williams 1:19.004 72
16 Kevin Magnussen (20) Haas 1:19.709 4