Report: Barcelona Test Day Three
|Date||Saturday February 21 2015|
|Location||Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (4.655km)|
A disappointing day. The damp weather pushed the emphasis onto aerodynamic testing, but this was cut short by a failure of the revised seal introduced today in a bid to resolve the week’s MGU-K issues.
To compound a tricky day, Jenson suffered a punctured Intermediate tyre during a practice pitstop, coming to a halt before the end of the pitlane.
“Yesterday wasn’t bad, with more mileage and lots of data gathered, but today’s been tricky – it hasn’t been my day. We had a similar problem to the one we faced on Thursday, with the faulty MGU-K seal, so the afternoon running was limited to aero testing and pitstop practice.
“I still can’t comment on where the car will be when everything is running smoothly, as I haven’t had the chance to run it properly without meeting problems. Having said that, I feel like there’s definitely nothing wrong with the car or any stand-out issues with driveability. You jump in the car and everything feels good.
“Hopefully, our problems will be solved sooner rather than later, but tomorrow is still likely to be a reasonably difficult day. There’s a lot for us to improve at the moment – we’ve still got five days of testing left, so hopefully they’ll be five good days.”
TODAY'S UNOFFICIAL TESTING TIMES
|1||Pastor Maldonado||Lotus||1m24.348s||104 laps|
|2||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso||1m24.739s||129 laps|
|3||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes||1m26.076s||101 laps|
|4||Marcus Eriksson||Sauber||1m26.340s||53 laps|
|5||Sebastian Vettel||Ferrari||1m26.407s||105 laps|
|6||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull||1m26.589s||112 laps|
|7||Felipe Massa||Williams||1m26.912s||55 laps|
|8||Pascal Wehrlein||Force India||1m27.333s||81 laps|
|9||Valtteri Bottas||Williams||1m27.556s||49 laps|
|10||Jenson Button||McLaren-Honda||1m29.151s||24 laps|
Final day of this test. Tomorrow, the team will try another fix to the on-going MGU-K issue. With the lack of mileage recorded so far this week, the programme for tomorrow remains relatively open-ended.
Four days (February 19-22).