FIRST WEEK OF PRE-SEASON TESTING IN THE BOOKS FOR FORMULA ONE IN BAECELONA. FIRST FULL DAY FOR WILLIAMS. HULKENBERG SET FASTEST TIME OF THE WEEK.
As teams prepare for the first race of the season in Australia come March 17th, they are running different programs through pre-season testing to get their grips with the new car so lap times are not as significant at the moment to compare performance. Although, Hulkenberg set the fastest time of the week with a 1m17.393s on the softest compound.
Williams finally got their first full day of testing with driving duties split between Robert Kubica in the morning and George Russell in the afternoon.
Lance Stroll was back at the wheel of the SportPesa Racing Point today to continue his preparation. He completed 72 laps and improved on his time from Tuesday with a 1m19.664s. “It’s great to have a week of testing under our belt and I am feeling positive”, Lance said. “We covered some good mileage today and went through most of our test programme: it’s been a good start and we can build on it next week. My confidence and comfort with the team have grown: they have given me all the tools I need as a driver. They have been very supportive and this is what helps me get the best out of myself and the car. I am looking forward to next week and doing more set-up work so that we can bring the quickest possible car to Melbourne.”
For Tom McCullough SportPesa Racing Point Performance Engineering Director, the testing programme ran well. “Today was another valuable day of testing. We focused mostly on set-up work and understanding how our car works, having completed the majority of our data gathering tests over the last three days. We were also able to start working on our long runs. We are making good progress with the balance, but unfortunately the day was cut short by an oil leak we spotted in the data, something we are currently investigating. Overall, this week has been a productive one even though we didn’t complete all the mileage we wanted. Nonetheless, we have some important data and we are looking forward to another productive test next week.”
Pre-season testing continues next week with another four days scheduled at Barcelona on Feb. 26-March 1.
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