2017 Pre-Season Test 2, Day 2

08.
March 2017
Barcelona

Silver Arrows shoot just shy of 150 lap mark on productive day in Barcelona

Date:                           Wednesday 8 March 2017

Driver(s):                    Valtteri Bottas (AM), Lewis Hamilton (PM)

Circuit:                                    Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya

Circuit Length:                       4.655 km

Laps Completed:        Valtteri 70, Lewis 79, Total 149

Distance Covered:      Valtteri 326km, Lewis 368km, Total 694 km

Best Lap Time:                       Valtteri 1:19.310, Lewis 1:20.702

Weather Conditions:   Partly cloudy, dry, mild

Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport completed 149 laps - 694 km - of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on Wednesday, as 2017 pre-season testing continued in Spain with Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton taking turns at the wheel of the F1 W08 EQ Power+

  • Valtteri emerged for his first run as the track opened at 09:00, completing 70 laps before the hour-long lunch break at 13:00
  • Lewis took over in the cockpit for the afternoon session, completing 79 laps before the pit lane closed at 18:00
  • Today’s test focused on analysis of new aerodynamic development parts, followed by further car set-up work for the early races and data collection on the 2017 Pirelli tyres, with both drivers completing similar programmes
  • Mercedes-Benz Power Units today completed a total 1,727 km
  • Lewis will take the wheel of the W08 tomorrow morning, Valtteri in the afternoon

Valtteri Bottas:

It was another good half-day in the car for me. We managed to complete our programme as planned and I have to say that I felt much better in the car today with the changes we’ve made. We’re definitely making good progress as a team and I’m feeling more and more comfortable in the car every time I go out on track.

We were focusing on shorter runs today. In the first part of the morning we did lots of aero tests to evaluate some upgrades and everything seems to be going in a positive direction. There’s still plenty of work to do so we need to maximise the next two days of testing.

Fastest laps don’t matter in testing. What matters is where you are when you get to Melbourne. I’m just pleased we managed to complete the full programme. I learned so much from today’s running. Now I’m just concentrating on tomorrow.

Lewis Hamilton:

It’s been a pretty good day, nice and smooth with no issues. There is still a lot of work to be done but on the whole, it’s been another productive day for the team.

F1 is always fun. The cars are always amazing. But this car… it’s faster and it’s more of a challenge to extract everything from it. I love that I get to do this.

It was really great to see the fans with their banners in the grandstand this afternoon, so a big shout-out to everyone who came out to support us today.

Position

Driver

Team

Laps Completed

Best Lap Time

01

Valtteri Bottas (77)

Mercedes

70

1:19.310

02

Felipe Massa (19)

Williams

63

1:19.420

03

Kimi Räikkönen (7)

Ferrari

53

1:20.406

04

Max Verstappen (33)

Red Bull

102

1:20.432

05

Lance Stroll (18)

Williams

59

1:20.579

06

Lewis Hamilton (44)

Mercedes

79

1:20.702

07

Nico Hülkenberg (27)

Renault

61

1:21.213

08

Segio Pérez (11)

Force India

100

1:21.297

09

Carlos Sainz (55)

Toro Rosso

92

1:21.872

10

Romain Grosjean (8)

Haas

96

1:21.887

11

Pascal Wehrlein (94)

Sauber

59

1:23.000

12

Fernando Alonso (14)

McLaren

46

1:23.041

13

Marcus Ericsson (9)

Sauber

47

1:23.384

14

Jolyon Palmer (30)

Renault

29

1:24.774

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