Mercedes hit the Ground Running at F1 Preseason Test 2 Barcelona
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News March 01, 2016
With “Super Tuesday” underway in the states, Mercedes had a super day as F1 testing resumed in Barcelona on Tuesday. Nico Rosberg and Lewis “The Jedi Knight” Hamilton shared driving duties to allow them to log in a lot of miles, with Rosberg driving in the morning and Hamilton taking over later. 172 laps Between Rosberg and Hamilton on soft tires to set a best of 1:23.022.
He was faster than Williams driver Valtteri Bottas, despite using ultrasoft tires.
“We managed to run without any major issues with the car,” said Bottas. “It was very interesting discovering more about the FW38 and what kind of setups work for this car. I think we managed to make progress. We did some short runs today which I really enjoyed. I still agree with what I said last week – we have improved in the areas where we were weak last year.”
McLaren-Honda’s faired better as Fernando Alonso used soft tires to record the third best time of the day, being 1.7s behind Rosberg.
Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen logged 72 laps for the scuderia just 100 fewer than Mercedes, with Raikkonen being hindered by a gearbox issue. Ferrari still continues to lag behind its main rival in terms of mileage.
“It is normal to have some little issues during testing like we had with the gearbox today, but I am not concerned as we have time to fix it,” said Raikkonen. “That's the purpose of testing, learning new things and trying something different. We still have something to be done of course but it is a normal process this time of the year. It is a different story when we go racing.
“I have no idea what the others are doing, lap times may vary with different tires and fuel levels, but we know what we are doing and we are pretty happy with the way the car is handling. I think we have a very good package, time will tell if it is good enough.”
Sauber and Felipe Nasr rolled out their new C35 for its first laps after the team used the 2015 car at last week's test, and the car showed good reliability as he clocked in over 100 laps.
Toro Rosso driver Max Verstappen drove the STR11-02 in its definitive 2016 livery. The “Road Warrior” completed an impressive 144 laps.
“It was a very good day! We completed plenty of laps and I think we can be very happy. Everything was running smoothly and we were able to go through the whole of our programme, which is always something positive to do. We tested a few parts and it was, all in all, a very productive day. Physically I’m also feeling good and I can’t wait to be back in the car on Thursday – that will be my last time at the wheel of the STR11 before heading to Australia!” Verstappen said.
A bit of a difficult day for the Haas F1 Team as Esteban Gutierrez logged in only 23 laps before a fuel system problem stopped him in the morning. The car did not go out again.
"It wasn’t an ideal day as we had some technical issues which we’re still investigating. We wanted to do a lot of running and had setup work planned. However, we’re working on our solutions and focusing on the next few days so we can get our program completed. Tomorrow is another day. The team is working hard to solve the issues and I’m confident we will. Hopefully, we can have a smoother day tomorrow.” Gutierrez said.
Test #2 Tuesday results:
1. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, 1:23.022, 82 laps
2. Valtteri Bottas, Williams, 1:23.229, 123 laps
3. Fernando Alonso, McLaren, 1:24.735, 93 laps
4. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 1:24.836, 72 laps
5. Daniil Kvyat, Red Bull, 1:25.049, 69 laps
6. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 1:25.051, 90 laps
7. Max Verstappen, Toro Rosso, 1:25.176, 144 laps
8. Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, 1:25.336, 121 laps
9. Felipe Nasr, Sauber, 1:25.493, 103 laps
10. Kevin Magnussen, Renault, 1:25.760, 119 laps
11. Esteban Gutierrez, Haas, 1:26.661, 23 laps
12. Rio Haryanto, Manor, 1:27.699, 45 laps