Max got his first taste of the RB14 as he took over from Daniel on day two of the first pre-season test at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
The young Dutch driver was made to wait for the experience, however, as after a very brief outing early in the freezing cold morning, Max was back in the garage and the team were investigating a suspected fuel leak.
The source of the issue took some time to locate and Max remained in the garage until the early afternoon. However, with temperatures hovering just above zero and with other teams less than keen to test the conditions, Max reckoned he had lost out on little.
"In the end I don't think we lost too much ground in the morning as the track seemed in pretty poor condition early on," he said. "It wasn't ideal but we had to check through everything and it took a while."
Max eventually hit the track in earnest in the early afternoon and over the next few hours racked up a solid total of 67 laps, the best of which earned him fourth place on the timesheet. That lap of 1:20.326 saw him finish 0.653s behind fastest man Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari, second-placed Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes and third-placed Stoffel Vandoorne of McLaren.