Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team
Day 1: All the latest from Aston Martin Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso.
McLaren encountered all sorts of problems on the first day of the second Barcelona testing week, while Scuderia Toro Rosso also encountered trouble in the afternoon.
Aston Martin Red Bull Racing
“It was a good day today. We did a lot of laps and that’s really important, just to put mileage up on the car. We had a small problem with the battery late in the day, so we had to change that and it takes a bit of time, but afterwards it was all good. The car feels good. Everyone of course wants to know where we think we are in relation to our opposition but honestly it’s impossible to tell until we get to Australia, as you don’t know what everyone else is doing. In terms of where this car is improved over last year, again it’s very difficult to say as the new surface here changes how you drive and that, together with the new tyres, makes it difficult to pinpoint any particular area. Also, with the first week not being that successful in terms of temperatures and so on, it’s still all to be discovered. I know it feels faster though!”
Head of Race Engineering Guillaume Rocquelin
“We had a good start to week two. We got through 85 laps in the morning and everything was running very smoothly. We got a long way through the test programme then, so we were able to try out some things in the afternoon and we took the decision to do some shakedown tests and the result was small electrical problem. We lost an hour as we had to change the battery but it was a calculated risk and we learned something as a result. In all, I’m pretty happy with the amount we got through today. Even though we’re not chasing it, the performance was decent too, so let’s hope for more of the same when Daniel is in the car tomorrow.”
“It was a really positive day overall from the performance side, we had a small issue this afternoon with the brake system which took longer than expected to fix, so we didn’t run as much as I would have liked – that’s part of testing though! So far everything has run perfectly, the car was pretty nice and we made some improvements compared to last week, so we are headed in the right direction.”
James Key (Technical Director)
“We had a reasonably productive morning where we were able to do some running in more normal conditions compared to last week. Pierre was happier with the car, we have made a lot of setup changes from what we learned last week. The engineers have done well to pull the analysis together in the short time between tests and find some promising directions. We also did a bit of work on the aerodynamics side taking further measurements first thing then moved onto more chassis setup tests and initial investigation into tyre performance in the warmer conditions. Unfortunately, this afternoon we suffered a brake system issue on the chassis side which was difficult to trace and took a long time to address, needless to say it is important to ensure any issues with critical systems are dealt with correctly and as the afternoon went on time became increasingly short to get the car back on track. Sadly we missed some running this afternoon due to that problem, however we will work overnight to make sure that we are ready and set for tomorrow. We apologise to the drivers and Honda for missing a good opportunity of running this afternoon and getting through more the long test item list we still have, however we need to put that right for the rest of the test and make good use of the remaining three days.”
Fastest times from day one
1. Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Ferrari 1:20.396
2. Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Mercedes 1:20.596
3. Max Verstappen (Ned) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing 1:20.649
4. Lewis Hamilton (GB) Mercedes 1:20.808
5. Pierre Gasly (Fra) Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:20.973