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FIRST TEST: DAY 4

An update from the final day of the first winter test in Barcelona.

Pierre brought Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s first pre-season test of the year to a close today by working through 146 laps of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya as the Team focused on long runs and the evaluation of development items.

“It was a really productive day” said Pierre. “We managed 146 laps, so a lot of long runs but also a lot of tests done for the Team. The overall feeling with the car is really good. It doesn’t show on the lap times today, but it is testing and we know what we’re doing, so I’m pretty happy. This week has gone well. I managed to do a lot of laps, which was important for me, and I was able to get used to the car and my new engineer. We’ve done some good work in that regard this week and there’s a lot more to come next week as we get ready for Melbourne.”

“We had a very smooth, tidy finish to the first test and Pierre got through a big workload today” said Head of Race Engineering, Guillaume Rocquelin. “We spent much of the day on the C3 tyre and focused on longer runs but it wasn’t just about piling on the miles. There was plenty going on in the background that will aid development of the car. Overall we’ve had a very successful first test. We’ve been able to tick off all the items on the run plans and this test has thrown up a few interesting things that we can factor into development. We’ve had great support from the factory too, as shown with the rear wing we ran yesterday, so it’s been a very consistent and productive week. We got to where wanted to be and beyond.”