The Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team completed a total of 168 laps on the second day of winter testing at the Barcelona Circuit Du Catalunya in Montmelo, Spain.
Lewis Hamilton was in the W08 in the morning, completing 66 laps and ended the day just before lunch time and set the second fastest time of the day overall with a fastest time of 01:20.983s on the Super Soft tyre and speaking following the sesssion, Hamilton stated:
Today’s been a really positive day. It was an easier morning and we started off on the right foot. Yesterday, there was an element of brushing off the cobwebs, it being the first day in the car, so it took a little longer than normal to really acclimatise in the car and to find exactly where to exploit the its ability.
I didn’t do a huge amount of laps today but I got a really good feel for the car. I think we’ve made some steps forward in development. My quick lap felt fast and tidy. We’ve not really exploited the potential of the car, so it’s all good foundation building at this stage.
These new tyres seem to be lasting a lot better than they did previously, so I think you can push them more and fight harder, lap after lap, so that’s a good step in the right direction.
I’m finding the car is much more physical to drive than in the past. It’s so much faster in the corners. The force you feel on your body and on your neck is much higher. I’ve got bruises and bumps where I’ve never really had them before. Physically I feel fine though, as it’s only half a day of testing. I’ve trained enough over the winter to be ready for more.
Valtteri Bottas took to the track shortly after lunch time and completed 102 laps setting the seventh fastest time of the day with a 01:22.986s and speaking following the session the Finn commented by saying:
I think it was another good test day for the team. We did so many laps again and completed all the runs that we had planned to do.
I worked on race simulations this afternoon. It was quite tricky with the windy conditions but I’m sure that we can learn a lot from the data.
I had a small off but it wasn’t anything serious. I lost the rear end with a gust of tail wind that was quite sudden. This is testing – you need to find the limits.
It’s interesting to learn more about the new car – not just for me personally, but for us as a team. All the set-up work we’ve done has been very valuable. Two more days to go – I’m looking forward to it.
Valtteri Bottas will be back in the car on Wednesday morning before Lewis Hamilton takes over in the afternoon.