Test One: Day Four

Max Verstappen’s second outing of the first test in the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing R14 was something of a damp squib as wet weather and minor mechanical niggles led to a stop-start final day at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

The session started on a wet track, conditions that the Team deemed unsuitable for the kind of programme it had in mind. The result was a morning spent in the garage as Max and the crew waited for things to improve, a process that took some time as the recently resurfaced track stubbornly clung to the moisture that had fallen.

When the track allowed for the change to slick tyres Max spent much of his 35-lap outing engaged in aero work, with short runs being the order of the day. A mechanical niggle then affected running and late on Max then suffered a spin at Turn 12. The car was recovered but given the time required to turn the RB14 around the Team decided to call a halt to the day's running.

"Today we didn't do any performance laps, but when you have conditions such as this, which are not ideal, then it's best to just focus on making sure everything is working in the way you want and that the data you're getting from the correlates to what is happening in the wind tunnel and that's what we did," said Max.

"We had a couple of little hiccups today and in the afternoon I had a little moment where I went into the gravel. I tried to find the reverse but it got stuck and  we have to look at why that happened. However, I'm quite happy with the car so far, and maybe the second week will show a bit more how we compare against our rivals. I certainly hope it's a bit sunnier next week."

Head of Race Engineering Guillaume Rocquelin added: "The issues we had today are easy fixes and in general we're pretty happy with how the car runs, so now it's about building on what we have. The real difficulty this week was in not being able to maximise the time available and that was a bit frustrating. However, we are reasonably happy with what the RB14 delivered in its first outing and we now have a bit of time back at base to work on next week's test, when hopefully the weather conditions will be a bit kinder."

Elsewhere, Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton topped the timesheet with a lap of 1:19.333 set on medium tyres. Second spot in the session went to McLaren's Stoffel Vandoorne, through the Belgian set his time on Pirelli's new hypersoft tyre, the softest of the seven dry compounds on offer this season.

Sebastian Vettel claimed third spot, just under a second off Hamilton's pace, though the German used soft tyres for his best time of the day. The top five was order was rounded out by Fernando Alonso who took over from Vandoorne at the wheel of the McLaren in the afternoon. Max ended the day in ninth spot, with a best time of 1:22.058.