Romain Grosjean completed 118 laps, the most of any other driver on the final day of the opening winter test ahead of the start of the 2017 Formula One season at the Barcelona Circuit Du Catalunya.
The Frenchman driving the Haas F1 Team VF17 ended the day in fourth place with a fastest time of 01:22.309s and speaking following his second day in the car, Grosjean stated:
It’s been a productive day for us. We managed to get some wet running, inter running, pit stop practice, dry running and trying a few setup changes that we had thought about overnight. The car is getting better and better. The team is doing a great job. Our pit stops looked pretty good. We’re trying to understand as much as we can. Of course, this is winter testing and it’s never going to get close to the conditions we have over a race weekend but, generally, I think we’ve made some good progress today. Hopefully, we can analyze all of that over the weekend and come back stronger next week.
Haas F1 Team Principal Guenther Steiner commented about the final day of testing by saying:
Quite a good day today. A lot better than yesterday. We got a lot of data. Romain was able to drive the car for longer stints and get a good feeling for it. We made good progress, even running on the wet, which was not ideal, but we made the best out of it. Now we need to get ready for test number two. Reliability has, obviously, been good. This year we’ve had very few and very small problems. Compared with last year, it’s been a lot better. That is how it should be. Ferrari did a very good job this year with the power unit package. It’s been very reliable. The engineers will now go over the data and the comments from the drivers, and out of that we will establish a test plan for next week. We know a lot more about the car now than we did four days ago. Now we can make the next step and hone it out, make it better.
The Kannapolis based outfit will be back in action next week with Kevin Magnussen driving the car on March 7 and 9 while Romain Grosjean will drive the car on March 8 and 10.