08 March 2017
F1: Pre-Season Testing
Silver Arrows shoot just shy of 150 lap mark on productive day in Barcelona
Date: Wednesday 8 March 2017
Driver: 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
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.
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.
Pos. Driver Team Time Laps
1 Valtteri Bottas (77) Mercedes 1:19.310 70
2 Felipe Massa (19) Williams 1:19.420 63
3 Kimi Räikkönen (7) Ferrari 1:20.406 53
4 Max Verstappen (33) Red Bull 1:20.432 102
5 Lance Stroll (18) Williams 1:20.579 59
6 Lewis Hamilton (44) Mercedes 1:20.702 79
7 Nico Hülkenberg (27) Renault 1:21.213 61
8 Sergio Perez (11) Force India 1:21.297 100
9 Carlos Sainz (55) Toro Rosso 1:21.872 92
10 Romain Grosjean (8) Haas 1:21.887 96
11 Pascal Wehrlein (94) Sauber 1:23.000 59
12 Fernando Alonso (14) McLaren 1:23.041 46
13 Marcus Ericsson (9) Sauber 1:23.384 47
14 Jolyon Palmer (30) Renault 1:24.774 29