The Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team once again racked up the mileage on day 2 of the second winter test at the Barcelona Circuit Du Catalunya in Montmelo on Wednesday as between them Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg completed 164 laps in the W07.
Hamilton set the second fastest time of the day with a 1m 23.622s ending up 0.361s behind Valtteri Bottas and speaking following his time in the car the reigning world champion commented by saying:
Reliability is our strength at the moment. The strength within the team has grown even further. It’s really motivating for the season. The car was good, quite strong, we did some lower fuel running today but some work needs to be done balance wise. Getting onto the softer tyre was a good experience but we’ve got some work to do still.
Nico Rosberg ended the day in ninth place with a fastest time of 1m 26.298s which was 3.037s behind Bottas and speaking following his time in the car the German commented saying:
It was another useful day of testing. I did a full Melbourne race simulation and I feel well prepared now for the first race. The team have done a great job so far both in the factory and here on track. The car feels great out there and I haven’t had a major problem yet. I hope this will continue for the last two days.