Verstappen Ends Day 2 In Fourth Place Completing 102 Laps Despite Small Issues

MONTMELO, SPAIN - MARCH 08:  Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Red Bull Racing Red Bull-TAG Heuer RB13 TAG Heuer on track during day two of Formula One winter testing at Circuit de Catalunya on March 8, 2017 in Montmelo, Spain.  (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)
 MONTMELO, SPAIN - MARCH 08: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Red Bull Racing Red Bull-TAG Heuer RB13 TAG Heuer on track during day two of Formula One winter testing at Circuit de Catalunya on March 8, 2017 in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)

Red Bull Racing had Max Verstappen in action on day 2 of the second winter test at the Barcelona Circuit Du Catalunya in Spain on Wednesday. The Dutchman completed 102 laps in the RB13 with a fastest time of 01:20.432s.

Verstappen stopped out on track twice once in the morning with a small technical issue while in the afternoon the team detected an issue with the engine forcing a power unit change. Speaking following the day in the car, Verstappen commented by saying:

It was not bad today. We had some stoppages obviously but then in the afternoon we almost completed a full race distance, so that was good. “It felt good, and we got a lot of information today again, which is the most important thing. It was unfortunate that we had to stop at the end but I think we’re pretty confident we can solve those issues without any trouble. The long run this afternoon felt good…. quite long! It’s pretty boring when you’re out there on your own, but everything felt well.

Red Bull Racing’s Head of Race Engineering Guillaume Rocquelin commented by saying:

In the morning we again looked at shorter runs and a number of test items, plus some pit stop practice so that the boys can get their eye in before the season starts. But then before lunch we noticed something in the data, and given that we wanted to concentrate on long runs in the afternoon and didn’t want to take any risks, we decided to change the engine. We lost some time but it was the right thing to do as we had a good afternoon and Max was able to work through the rest of the programme. We then encountered another problem right at the end of the day, which we’re looking into. Not an ideal outing, as we would have liked to tick a few more items off the list, but Max got through more than 100 laps today, so we can’t be too dissatisfied. We’ll run a similar programme with Daniel tomorrow but hopefully without any issues.

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