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BARCELONA TEST: DAY 1

Just two days after taking his third points finish of the season at the Spanish Grand Prix, Pierre was back in action at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya today as Formula 1’s second in season test of 2019 got underway.

The French driver enjoyed a strong outing at the Montmeló track, posting a total of 118 laps as the Team continued development work on the RB15.

Commenting on today’s work, Pierre said: “It was a busy day in the car and we managed to get through quite lots of test items. Today was all about trying to establish a direction for the races to come and also to extract a bit more performance from our package. We had what looks like a transmission issue right near the end of the session, which is being looked at now, but we still managed to get a lot of laps done.”

Simon Rennie, Group Leader Simulator Engineering, added: “There are always things you’d like to try with the car that just aren’t possible on a race weekend, so based on what we learned during the race weekend here in Spain, the plan today was to look at a variety of set-up concepts that we believe will aid general performance across the rest of the season. That meant a pretty intense schedule for Pierre and for everyone in the garage as we worked through those changes, but we managed to get a lot done and we acquired some good data. In the morning Pierre ran on the C2 compound that was nominated as the medium tyre last weekend. Then, in the afternoon, he spent a short period on the C1 compound for some aero runs before focusing on the C3 tyre up until the stoppage. We’re looking into the cause of that now, but we’ll certainly be up and running again for tomorrow’s session.”