An update from the third day of Formula One winter testing in Barcelona.
Day three of the first 2019 Formula 1 pre-season test saw Max back in the RB15 for another productive day’s work. Max clocked a healthy tally of 109 laps as the Team began to push on and really explore the capabilities of the new car. Following a series of aero tests in the morning, Max moved on to longer runs in the afternoon.
“I think today was really positive,” said Max. “Whenever you do more than 100 laps at a test, that’s a good day. I’m happy with the way we’re working together with Honda so far, it’s very focused and everybody knows their job. What’s most important is that we have completed a lot of laps and investigated many set-up changes. With different regulations, you have to understand what direction to go in and that’s exactly what we’re doing. So far, it’s difficult to judge where we are compared to the other teams – we’ll find that out in Melbourne – but at the moment the car feels good.”
“For the first two days of the test, we were concentrating on accumulating mileage but today we switched focus and began to work on car set-up,” added Head of Race Engineering Guillaume Rocquelin. “Today, we switched to a different rear-wing that is more suited to this circuit. That put us in the right ballpark for this track, and allowed us to get a better understanding of what the car can do. We made a lot of set-up changes throughout the afternoon, performance improved and we’re quite happy with how we ended the day.”