Stroll Racks Up The Miles For SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team On Day 2 In Spain
SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team’s Lance Stroll completed 79 laps in the RP19 during his first day of winter testing at the Barcelona Circuit Du Catalunya in Spain on Tuesday. The Canadian set the 11th fastest time of the day with a 01:20.433s and speaking following the day of track action he commented by saying:
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.
SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team’s Performance Engineering Director Tom McCullough commented on the day of testing saying:
Overall, today was a positive day in which we had a reliable car and managed to achieve the objectives we had set out in our plan. Most of our focus was on understanding the car and catching up on some of the time we lost yesterday. Our run plan was dominated by aero data gathering, which is essential with a new car. We ticked all the boxes and we have lots of data to analyse as we continue in this learning process. 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