ON HIS FIRST DAY ACCUMULATED 79 LAPS OF THE BARCELONA CIRCUIT
Last week at the SportPesa Racing point launch in Toronto, Lance repeatedly mentioned he could not wait to get on track. Testing began yesterday for Formula One and Sergio Perez was scheduled to drive.
Today, finally, he drove his first laps with the new team. “It was great to be back in the car after a few months and to get down to work. It’s a special feeling when you head down the pit lane for the first time in the new car and release the pit limiter. The general first impression is positive and we worked through the programme covering lots of laps with good reliability. It’s early days working trackside with the team so I’m still building up my relationship with some of the crew and understanding how the team likes to approach things, but I already feel comfortable. I didn’t really get a good feel for the new aero rules on these cars yet because I didn’t run in traffic very much, but that’s something I will understand better over the next few days.”
Tom McCullough, Performance Engineering Director: “It was Lance’s first day in the RP19 and he hit the ground running. It was the first chance for him to get up to speed with the car and our procedures. The extensive simulator work during the off-season helped prepare him to have a valuable first day and to build the relationship with the team members who will work with him this season.”
Tomorrow, Sergio Perez will be back at the wheel. Lance is schedule to return in the cockpit on Thursday.
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