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SECOND TEST: DAY 2

An update from the second day of the second winter test in Barcelona.

Max took over at the wheel of the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB15 on day two of the final pre-season test of 2019. Despite an afternoon delay caused by some routine checks after Max took an off-track excursion, the Dutch driver logged an impressive 128 laps of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya as the Team mixed morning set-up changes with an early afternoon focus on race preparation.

“Not a perfect day, but still a good one,” said Max afterwards. “There are always things you want to check, instead of driving until something breaks. We did a routine check this afternoon and then got back out again at the end of the session. But even with the delay we had, we still managed to do over 120 laps, so I think it was still a very positive day. The more laps, the better and today we did a lot, so overall I’m happy.”
 
Commenting on the day’s running, Head of Race Engineering, Guillaume Rocquelin, said: “We had another good morning, following the same plan as yesterday, when we got through a lot of shorter runs and set-up changes. In the afternoon, we went into a scheduled race simulation. We managed two-thirds of that but after Max had a brief off, we pitted for some routine checks with the gearbox. It’s not the easiest element of the car to get deep into, so it kept us in the garage for a while. When we did get back out, the change in track conditions meant we weren’t going to learn that much so we focused on pit stop practice, which we had planned as part of the race work. Tomorrow, we’ll pursue the same plan, which is all about understanding the car and gaining valuable information.”