While the Hungarian Grand Prix represented the final slice of racing action before the sport’s traditional summer break, the F1 development war continues apace, and a sizeable portion of the race team, including Daniel Ricciardo, stayed on at the Hungaroring for the second in-season test of the 2018 campaign.
Formula 1’s second in-season test of the year drew to a close on Wednesday, with Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Simulator Development Driver Jake Dennis posting the day’s third-quickest time as the team worked through a busy programme of development work aimed at the final stages of this season, and with an eye to the 2019 campaign.
It was Jake’s second taste of the RB14 after making his test debut for the team in May and once again the simulator driver provided the team with a huge amount of valuable data and feedback as he worked through set-up options, tyre testing, aero mapping duties and, just for good measure, some performance runs on the softer end of Pirelli’s tyre range.
That was a good! We did 131 laps today, I think Daniel did 125 yesterday, so a lot of mileage for the team and a lot learned,” said Jake, who posted a best time of 1:17.012 and matched the day’s largest lap total. “I was focused on some long runs in the morning and then some softer tyre stuff, which I enjoyed. Just to really push the cars to its limits was a great experience. Then it was back to more long runs in the afternoon and we think we made some big progress with the car. Overall, a very good day and I can’t thank the team enough for inviting me back. Also, 131 laps for a rookie – I’m certainly feeling it now!”
Senior Projects Engineer Jeff Calam added: “We had a very busy programme today and we got through all of the items scheduled. In the morning we again ran with a range of parts targeted at next year’s RB15 and were able to do a lot of good work A/B testing those against RB14. We also got through some aero mapping of RB14 and the data we gained will be of enormous value in relation to the final nine races of the season. We also did some tyre work, with Jake completing runs on the softer tyres. It was great for him to get a real feel for the RB14 is capable of and I think he enjoyed the experience. His feedback throughout was very good and not only was it valuable for him to get another real world experience of the car, it will also help with correlation with his simulator work. All told this has been a very positive test for the team, and a great way to head into the much-needed summer break.”