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Mercedes 2017 Pre-Season Test 2, Day 2 Report

Mercedes 2017 Pre-Season Test 2, Day 2 Report
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Silver Arrows shoot just shy of 150 lap mark on productive day in Barcelona

Date:                           Wednesday 8 March 2017

Driver(s):                    Valtteri Bottas (AM), Lewis Hamilton (PM)

Circuit:                                    Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya

Circuit Length:                       4.655 km

Laps Completed:        Valtteri 70, Lewis 79, Total 149

Distance Covered:      Valtteri 326km, Lewis 368km, Total 694 km

Best Lap Time:                       Valtteri 1:19.310, Lewis 1:20.702

Weather Conditions:   Partly cloudy, dry, mild

Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport completed 149 laps – 694 km – of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on Wednesday, as 2017 pre-season testing continued in Spain with Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton taking turns at the wheel of the F1 W08 EQ Power+

  • Valtteri emerged for his first run as the track opened at 09:00, completing 70 laps before the hour-long lunch break at 13:00
  • Lewis took over in the cockpit for the afternoon session, completing 79 laps before the pit lane closed at 18:00
  • Today’s test focused on analysis of new aerodynamic development parts, followed by further car set-up work for the early races and data collection on the 2017 Pirelli tyres, with both drivers completing similar programmes
  • Mercedes-Benz Power Units today completed a total 1,727 km
  • Lewis will take the wheel of the W08 tomorrow morning, Valtteri in the afternoon

Valtteri Bottas:

It was another good half-day in the car for me. We managed to complete our programme as planned and I have to say that I felt much better in the car today with the changes we’ve made. We’re definitely making good progress as a team and I’m feeling more and more comfortable in the car every time I go out on track.

We were focusing on shorter runs today. In the first part of the morning we did lots of aero tests to evaluate some upgrades and everything seems to be going in a positive direction. There’s still plenty of work to do so we need to maximise the next two days of testing.

Fastest laps don’t matter in testing. What matters is where you are when you get to Melbourne. I’m just pleased we managed to complete the full programme. I learned so much from today’s running. Now I’m just concentrating on tomorrow.

Lewis Hamilton:

It’s been a pretty good day, nice and smooth with no issues. There is still a lot of work to be done but on the whole, it’s been another productive day for the team.

F1 is always fun. The cars are always amazing. But this car… it’s faster and it’s more of a challenge to extract everything from it. I love that I get to do this.

It was really great to see the fans with their banners in the grandstand this afternoon, so a big shout-out to everyone who came out to support us today.

Position Driver Team Laps Completed Best Lap Time
01 Valtteri Bottas (77) Mercedes 70 1:19.310
02 Felipe Massa (19) Williams 63 1:19.420
03 Kimi Räikkönen (7) Ferrari 53 1:20.406
04 Max Verstappen (33) Red Bull 102 1:20.432
05 Lance Stroll (18) Williams 59 1:20.579
06 Lewis Hamilton (44) Mercedes 79 1:20.702
07 Nico Hülkenberg (27) Renault 61 1:21.213
08 Segio Pérez (11) Force India 100 1:21.297
09 Carlos Sainz (55) Toro Rosso 92 1:21.872
10 Romain Grosjean (8) Haas 96 1:21.887
11 Pascal Wehrlein (94) Sauber 59 1:23.000
12 Fernando Alonso (14) McLaren 46 1:23.041
13 Marcus Ericsson (9) Sauber 47 1:23.384
14 Jolyon Palmer (30) Renault 29 1:24.774

Source : Mercedes.com

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