DAY THREE OVERVIEW
|Date||Wednesday 28 February 2018|
|Location||Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (4.655km/2.892 miles)|
Difficult track conditions made for a frustrating third day of testing for the whole pitlane, as poor weather disrupted any opportunity for consistent running.
Due to overnight snow which continued into the morning, the start of the session was delayed by three hours, after which very few cars decided to run as the snow turned to heavy rain. Fernando completed one outlap before the team decided conditions were too wet to risk running any further.
The heavy rain slowly subsided and the team decided conditions had improved enough to warrant further on-track testing. Fernando left the garage shortly after 17:00hrs for a combination of outlaps interrupted by set-up changes, and finished the day with a final flourish, setting two timed laps.
Fernando completed 11 laps and topped the timesheets, although he was the only driver to officially set a time.
FERNANDO ALONSO, McLaren Driver
“It’s good to be the car with the most laps on the board today! We all know that timesheets in winter testing are not very relevant, but it’s always nice to be at the top.
“The poor weather conditions made things difficult all day long – we even had snow – so it was definitely not a normal day of testing and many people decided not to run. We still had some checks to do on the car as it’s very early days for us with this new package, and we are learning things with every lap. We opted to do some background checks this morning in the garage – maybe not crucial to the car’s performance, but still good learning for us.
“In the few laps we did at the end of the day we managed to collect some good data for future development, so even with the little running we could complete, the information we got is very positive. I’m happy that despite a difficult day of testing for everyone, we made the best of it.”
ERIC BOULLIER, Racing Director
“Given the difficult conditions we all faced today, I’m pleased that we were able to end the day having completed some useful information gathering.
“It’s a shame we weren’t able to do any representative running once again, but we adapted our programme to maximise our time both in the garage this morning and later this afternoon when the track began to dry out. We spent the morning performing in-garage tests that, while not particularly exciting or performance-related, are useful to get under our belts and tick off the test list.
“Before the flag fell, it was positive that Fernando was finally able to get back on track to evaluate the conditions and perform more useful correlation and component tests on the car.
“I’m satisfied that despite the challenges, we used our time efficiently today, and we hope to be able to complete some more useful running in warmer temperatures tomorrow – albeit with more rain forecast.”
TODAY'S OFFICIAL TESTING TIMES
|1||Fernando Alonso||McLaren||2:18.545s||11 laps|
|2||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing||No time set||2 laps|
|3||Brendan Hartley||Toro Rosso||No time set||2 laps|
|4||Marcus Ericsson||Sauber||No time set||1 lap|
|5||Robert Kubica||Williams||No time set||1 lap|
Stoffel gets back behind the wheel of the MCL33 tomorrow for the final day of the first pre-season test.
Four days (Monday 26 February – Thursday 1 March).