2018 Barcelona In-Season Test, Day 1

15.
May 2018
Barcelona

Lewis completes 151 laps on the first day of in-season testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya

Date:                           Tuesday 15 May 2018

Driver:                         Lewis Hamilton

Circuit:                        Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya

Circuit Length:            4.655 km

Laps Completed:         151

Distance Covered:       703 km

Best Lap Time:             1:18.543

Following the Spanish Grand Prix, Formula One teams have remained in Barcelona for this week’s in-season test. Lewis Hamilton was behind the wheel of the Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 EQ Power+, completing 151 laps on the opening day. The Brit finished in sixth place on the leaderboard.

  • It was a productive day of running for the team, with Lewis completing aero data collection throughout in order to check correlation between the wind tunnel and the recent aero updates
  • Other priorities on Tuesday were work on the setup and engine development
  • Mercedes-Benz Power Units today completed 502 laps in total (2,337 km)
  • Rights-free imagery is now available on our media site

Lewis Hamilton

It was a good day and a relatively interesting test, I’m glad we did it. We got through a large programme and did 151 laps which is a good sign of reliability. I’m looking forward to Monaco; hopefully we can take some of the things we’ve learned onto there. 

Andrew Shovlin

We’ve had a very good day completing 151 laps with Lewis without any real issues on the car. We had a good baseline to work with from the test, so our focus has been further understanding the car and tyres. We had a comprehensive aero data collection programme which we got through whilst the track was cold first thing, then got stuck into proper running for the remainder of the day.

It’s difficult on a race weekend to complete proper tests due to the limited number of tyres, the constantly evolving track and the requirement to get the maximum speed out of the car. Here we were able to step through a large programme of setup items, so Lewis has been able to get a good feel for the effect of these changes and hopefully that will help us get the most out of the car at the upcoming races. We’ve got Valtteri in the car tomorrow and another very busy day planned.

Position

Driver

Team

Laps Completed

Best Lap Time

1

Max Verstappen (33)

Red Bull

148

1:17.528

2

Carlos Sainz Jr (55)

Renault

119

1:17.562

3

Sebastian Vettel (5)

Ferrari

136

1:17.659

4

Romain Grosjean (8)

Haas

129

1:18.449

5

Nicholas Latifi (34)

Force India

107

1:18.530

6

Lewis Hamilton (44)

Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport

151

1:18.543

7

Stoffel Vandoorne (2)

McLaren

85

1:18.981

8

Antonio Giovinazzi (36)

Sauber

135

1:19.693

9

Oliver Rowland (41)

Williams

121

1:20.009

10

Lando Norris (47)

McLaren*

76

1:20.997

11

George Russell (42)

Force India*

123

1:21.478

12

Sean Gelael (38)

Toro Rosso

50

1:21.935

13

Oliver Turvey (48)

McLaren*

58

1:23.070

*Conducting tyre testing with Pirelli

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