07 March

2018 Barcelona second test day two report

Testing, Barcelona | 07/03/2018
Driver: Fernando Alonso
Location: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (4.655km/2.892 miles)
Laps/km/miles: 57/265km/165miles
Best lap-time: 1:19.856


Despite a positive start to the day and some productive initial running, Fernandos programme was brought to a halt on track just after 11:00hrs, when the team detected an oil leak.

Given the location of the leak and the time-consuming process required to identify and fix it in-situ, the team opted to swap the power unit so that the problem could be repaired outside the car.

Fernando returned to the track just after 17:00hrs for a further 10 laps before the chequered flag, as well as practice launches and start procedures.

Fernando completed 57 laps in total and set the sixth-fastest time of the day.

Stoffel Vandoorne

Of course, the programme we had planned today was longer than 50-something laps, but Stoffel and I faced a couple of issues over the last couple of days and this is part of testing hopefully now these things wont happen on lap 10 in Melbourne.

In a way, its useful learning and Im happy that were continuing to make the car stronger and stronger. We managed to complete all the important parts of the programme this morning, so the rest of the day was more about long runs and putting in extra mileage, without needing any specific information to send back to the factory.

Im not worried about the track time we lost today. I have one more day in the car before Australia, and I hope well be able to do some long runs and check extra things in order to keep discovering more about our new package, but the fundamental questions we needed to answer in winter testing have been answered, so for me the final day is not crucial. If we went to Australia tomorrow, Id feel okay.

Eric Boullier, Racing Director

Its a shame we lost track time today due to another time-consuming issue. However, in many ways Im glad these problems are occurring now in testing as this is exactly why were here.

These are the days when we need to ensure all bases are covered and all processes analysed. Were working with a completely new package for 2018 and its inevitable that problems such as these will occur, but of course its frustrating that such issues are both so visible and so lengthy to rectify.

Weve already gathered a large volume of important data and each day were still making progress with our pre-season preparation, so well keep pushing ahead until the end of the test.

What's next?

Stoffel gets back behind the wheel tomorrow for his final day of pre-season testing.

Test dates

Four days (Tuesday 6 March Friday 9 March).

posted at 22:42:00 on 03/07/18 by webmaster - Category: tests