Barcelona Test 2: Day 1 "Today's target wasn't mileage, but some upgrades and set-up options"


Date Wednesday 26 February 2020
Driver Carlos Sainz, Lando Norris
Location Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (4.655km/2.892 miles) 
Laps/km/miles 46 laps/214km/133 miles, 57 laps/265km/165 miles
Best laptime 1m18.221s,  1m18.826s



“Today we focused our morning on trying to understand some new aero parts for the car. The programme was very intense and changing the parts around meant we didn’t get to do as many laps as last week, but we completed the run plan as intended.

"All the back-to-back testing was important and all the data gathered is going to be very useful to understand the car. All in all, a good day.”



“A good day, we did a lot of shorter aero runs to get a better understanding of the balance of the car. We changed the car a bit since last week in the areas we felt we had to improve on, and the set-up was also slightly different. Because of that, we still needed to do a few more aero runs. It was another day of trying to learn more about the car, get a good feeling as a driver, and get some laps on the board.

“Overall, the day was productive, and we did pretty much everything we needed to on the run plan. Today was more about testing parts and the next two days will be more about setting up the car.”

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“We had another positive day today. The conditions were a little bit more tricky than the previous days, but we were still able to go through our programme and gain accurate information. We had several test items to check and validate, which we did diligently thanks to good reliability.

"Today’s target wasn’t mileage, but some upgrades and set-up options. We look forward now to completing the test as efficiently as we have so far. We plan to look a little bit more into performance and into long runs over the next couple of days.”



1 Robert Kubica Alfa Romeo 1:16.942s  53 laps 
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing  1:17.347s  85 laps 
3 Sergio Perez Racing Point 1:17.428s  84 laps 
4 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri 1:17.456s  61 laps 
5 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1:17.540s  25 laps 
6 Alex Albon  Red Bull Racing 1:17.550s  29 laps 
7 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:17.562s  89 laps 
8 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1:17.787s  43 laps 
9 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:18.100s  90 laps 
10  Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:18.113s  84 laps 
11 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:18.214s  53 laps 
12 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1:18.221s  46 laps 
13 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:18.244s  80 laps 
14 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1:18.300s  48 laps 
15 George Russell Williams 1:18.535s  59 laps 
16 Romain Grosjean  Haas 1:18.670s  107 laps 
17 Lando Norris McLaren 1:18.826s  57 laps 
18 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo 1:19.515s  51 laps 
19 Esteban Ocon Renault 1:21.542s  74 laps 



Lando will take to the wheel of the MCL35 tomorrow for his final day of pre-season testing. 



Three days (Wednesday 26 – Friday 28 February 2020). 


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