Test report - Barcelona Day 1, 13 May 2014
|Date||Tuesday May 13 2014|
|Location||Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (4.655km)|
The second of this year’s in-season test sessions kicked off at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya today, offering McLaren a useful opportunity to refine and evaluate the MP4-29 after a difficult weekend in last week’s Spanish Grand Prix.
Overnight rain meant a slow start to the morning’s running, with Jenson and the team electing to complete a brief run on Pirelli’s Intermediate tyre before calling an early stop for lunch.
With the track drying into the afternoon, the team pressed on with the programme, conducting on-going aero correlation work while also evaluating some new components – which provided several interesting areas for potential future development.
Notwithstanding seven red-flag stoppages and a further mid-afternoon rain shower, Jenson and the team completed a useful 74 laps.
|1||Max Chilton||Marussia||1m26.434s||60 laps|
|2||Charles Pic||Lotus||1m26.661s||70 laps|
|3||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes||1m26.674s||79 laps|
|4||Kimi Raikkonen||Ferrari||1m26.965s||20 laps|
|5||Jean-Eric Vergne||Toro Rosso||1m27.724s||52 laps|
|6||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India||1m27.727s||53 laps|
|7||Felipe Massa||Williams||1m27.756s||55 laps|
|9||Kamui Kobayashi||Caterham||1m30.101s||72 laps|
|10||Sebastien Buemi||Red Bull||1m31.440s||54 laps|
|11||Giedo van der Garde||Sauber||1m31.783s||86 laps|
On Wednesday, our test and reserve driver Stoffel Vandoorne will try a Formula 1 car for the very first time. It’s an ideal first opportunity for the young Belgian: the day will be solely focused on undertaking development work for Pirelli, therefore providing him with a consistent baseline from which to learn about and understand the car.
With good weather forecast, the team also aims to provide Stoffel with an opportunity to complete 300km – the minimum mileage required to earn a Formula 1 Superlicence.
Two days (May 13-14)