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Day 2: All the latest from Aston Martin Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso.
It was another day of frustrating weather conditions in Spain on Tuesday with a cold start followed by a small window of decent weather in the middle of the day.
“My first feeling of the car is positive. Of course it’s early days, but the initial feeling is good. In the end I don’t think we lost too much ground in the morning as the track seemed in pretty poor condition early on. It wasn’t ideal, but we had to check through everything and it took a while. In the afternoon we completed quite a bit of what we wanted to, we tested a few things on the car. It was pretty cold and so it’s difficult to switch on the tyres. Basically when you go out of the pits it’s flat out to keep the temperatures up and lap by lap you’re going faster, it’s that cold. It makes it quite difficult but overall it was a positive day.”
Head of Race Engineering Guillaume Rocquelin
“It is really tricky. When teams select tyres for testing, which happened in December, you’re always looking for a consistent tyre but a consistent one is usually one that is pretty durable and that means it’s been very difficult to get them working. Plus, as Daniel said yesterday, the re-surfacing means there’s just very little grip, so it’s difficult to learn a lot. It’s frustrating but every team is dealing with the same issue, so you just have to readjust your goals for the week and try to tick as many boxes as you can. That process wasn’t really helped by the technical gremlins we experienced this morning. Max had a decent afternoon and his feedback was consistent with what Daniel told us yesterday so all in all we’re still reasonably pleased with progress. Cold, but reasonably pleased!”
“Conditions were really tricky today so we didn’t run as much as we could have done. This afternoon was the first time I drove a Formula 1 car in “snow conditions”, so it was quite epic! In terms of work, we got some good laps and more understanding about the car and the engine. We had some interesting tests, so overall I’m happy about today. The first feeling is positive, I felt comfortable with the car – It’s consistent from one corner to another, between the low speed, medium speed and high speed. I still have a lot of work to do and I think we have some good directions overall. We didn’t do any qualifying runs or pushing laps, as our aim was more completing many laps and this is what we achieved, even if we changed the run plan because of the weather. This morning we started really late but I think overall we maximised the time we had on track and we did the best we could do with the conditions.”
James Key (Technical Director)
“Today was Pierre’s first day in the car. Like yesterday the conditions have been very cold and sadly as the day went on we lost some running time again with a low temperature and a low-grip track surface. It’s the same for everyone in the end, but still frustrating. Pierre did a really good job in the time he did get on track, he took it steady to begin with, just to get a feel for the car, the track conditions and the tyre warm up, which we know in these temperatures is not so easy to judge. Then he worked his way into it, gaining some confidence and an understanding of how the car was feeling and how the tyres were responding. He then built on that through the rest of the morning and into the afternoon. Considering how little running we had in the afternoon, he covered a good number of laps. We had a minor delay during the afternoon due to a small chassis related issue – nothing special but it just took a little while to address, the power unit has once again run very smoothly all day. We managed to get through some of the most important items on our test list and we certainly learnt more about the way the car is behaving. That’s given us some strong leads on future directions in which to take the setup and possible investigations to look at for the remainder of this test and next week. Having said all that the priority still remains accumulation of mileage and we are not looking too closely at performance levels right now, we will work towards the finer details next week.”
Fastest times from day two
1 Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Ferrari 1.19.673
2 Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Mercedes 1:19.976
3 Stoffel Vandoorne (Bel) McLaren 1:20.325
4 Max Verstappen (Ned) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing 1:20.326
5 Carlos Sainz (Spa) Renault 1:21.212