2017 Bahrain In-Season Test, Day 2

19.
April 2017
Sakhir

Silver Arrows on top, as Valtteri wraps up first in-season test of 2017

Date:                           Wednesday 19 April 2017

Driver:                         Valtteri Bottas

Circuit:                                    Bahrain International Circuit

Circuit Length:                       5.412km

Laps Completed:        143

Distance Covered:      774km

Best Lap Time:                       1:31.280

Weather Conditions:   Dry, sunny, windy

Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport completed 143 laps of the Bahrain International Circuit on Wednesday, as the first in-season test of 2017 concluded in Bahrain.

Valtteri Bottas was behind the wheel of the W08 EQ Power+ and ended the day top of the timesheets, clocking a 1:31.280 on the SuperSoft compound Pirelli tyre late in the afternoon.

  • Today's programme focused on tyre and aerodynamic analysis, engine development evaluation and setup work to address issues with poor rear grip in Sunday's race
  • A mechanical issue with the steering wheel caused Valtteri to stop on track just after 13:00
  • Mercedes-Benz Power Units completed a total of 658 laps – 2879km – during the Bahrain test

Valtteri Bottas

Today was very good. We got so much running done. We were focusing all-day on the long-run pace, which was a bit of a problem for us on Sunday compared to Ferrari. We did some interesting tests to try and improve both the tyre life and the race pace. We have definitely got plenty to analyse tonight. I think I learned a few tricks today as well. To stay here in Bahrain for a test after two back to back races is tough, but the guys have done a great job over these two days of testing. Now we head home for a few days before the next race in Russia.

Position

Driver

Team

Laps Completed

Best Lap Time

01

Valtteri Bottas (77)

Mercedes

143

1:31.280

02

Sebastian Vettel (5)

Ferrari

64

1:31.574

03

Carlos Sainz (55)

Toro Rosso

68

1:31.884

04

Stoffel Vandoorne (2)

McLaren

81

1:32.108

05

Kevin Magnussen (20)

Haas

88

1:32.120

06

Esteban Ocon (31)

Force India

60

1:32.142

07

Daniil Kvyat (18)

Toro Rosso

61

1:32.213

08

Gary Paffett (41)

Williams

126

1:32.253

09

Sergey Sirotkin (46)

Renault

90

1:32.287

10

Pierre Gasly (15)

Red Bull

65

1:32.568

11

Pascal Wehrlein (94)

Sauber

91

1:34.462

12

Sergio Pérez (11)

Force India

70

1:35.015

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