• Valuable running for the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team on day two of the pre-season track sessions

Lewis was in the cockpit for the morning session today in Barcelona, clocking up 40 laps of set-up learning before his session was curtailed by a sensor issue. George got to work in the afternoon, completing a number of test procedures and continuing to further our understanding of the harder tyre compounds. 

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Andrew Shovlin

We had a difficult morning with Lewis, experiencing a data logging issue that delayed our start and in general, we were struggling a bit more with the balance. Some of that may have been setup items that we were trying and some of it the harder tyres that we were running today. We managed to get a few runs completed then unfortunately had a sensor issue that prevented us doing further performance work so we stopped early for lunch in order to fix it. 

George had a more productive session in the afternoon and we got through some useful setup scans and completed some of our tyre programme. We’ve still got plenty of issues to work on from a performance point of view but we are continuing to learn with every run which in turn will make us faster. We’ve got a busy day planned for tomorrow, plenty more setup work and a first look at some of the softer rubber compounds for this year.

Results: Barcelona - Day 2

Pos. Driver Team Time Laps
1 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:19.689 79
2 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1:19.918 147
3 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 1:20.288  126
4 George Russell Mercedes-AMG Petronas 1:20.537 66
5 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1:20.546 71
6 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 1:20.784 74
7 Sergio Perez Red Bull 1:21.430 78
8 Nikita Mazepin Haas 1:21.512 42
9 Alex Albon Williams 1:21.531 47
10 Guanyu Zhou Alfa Romeo 1:21.885 71
11 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1:21.894 61
12 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1:21.920 55
13 Mick Schumacher Haas 1:21.949 66
14 Esteban Ocon Alpine 1:22.164 125
15 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo 1:22.288 21
16 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes-AMG Petronas 1:22.562 40