The Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team completed 147 laps on the third day of winter testing at the Barcelona Circuit Du Catalunya in Spain on Thursday. Lewis Hamilton completed 52 laps and ended the day with the second fastest time of the day with a 01:19.352s and speaking following his time in the W08, Hamilton commented by saying:
It was good to get some laps in this morning with slightly lower fuel. We worked on balance and made quite a few changes. I learned a lot about the car before handing over to Valtteri. We were trying to simulate something a bit more like qualifying and the car felt good on lower fuel. It’s great to feel it come together.
I think Ferrari are bluffing and that they are a lot quicker than they are showing. They’re very close to us. It’s difficult right now to say exactly who is quicker. But they are very close, if not faster.
Whatever the case, I can’t wait to go out and compete. Just a couple more weeks to go…
Valtteri Bottas completed 95 laps and ended the day with the eighth fastest time of the day with a 01:21.819s and speaking following his time in the car, the Finn commented by saying:
It was another strong day for me and the team. I did some good mileage – 95 laps – and some very interesting long run testing this afternoon on the different tyre compounds, as well as set-up work and evaluation of all the parts we’ve got for the car.
We’re still finding out which of these parts are the best suited to our car and how exactly we can draw 100 per cent out of the package. Every day is still a massive learning curve for us and we’ve still got a lot of work to do to get it right.
It’s going to be a tight competition in Melbourne so we need to make the most of our last day of testing tomorrow and maximise our mileage.
Both Mercedes drivers will be back in action for the final day of winter testing on Friday.