Pastor quickest on first day in Barcelona
Day one at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya saw Pastor Maldonado steadily climb to the dizzying heights of the top of the timesheets over the course of his 69 laps, setting a fastest lap in 1min 25.011secs.
“It is always good to see your name at the top of the timing monitors and my fastest lap was just in the course of our normal programme for the day,” said Pastor. “It feels good to drive the E23 in Barcelona. The car responded well to the changes we made and we were able to complete a good number of laps.”
The day wasn’t without interruptions however. Two minor software glitches demanded the team’s attention in the morning, while a clutch change ensured an extended lunch break for the E23 Hybrid.
“It’s been a positive day,” reflected Technical Director Nick Chester. “We had a couple of software niggles in the morning then we were able to work through a solid programme of setup work during which we racked up a good number of laps. The car did have an extended lunch break whilst we changed the clutch, then we were able to complete further work in the afternoon. We’re happy that we’ve made good steps forward since Jerez and we’re working steadily through our evaluations whilst confirming directions for improvement.”
Pastor was equally positive at the end of the first day: “The team has made strong progress since Jerez and we have a great starting point for the rest of the week. The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is a perfect track to assess a new car so we’re happy with progress today.”
Tomorrow brings Third and Reserve Driver Jolyon Palmer to the wheel of the E23 Hybrid for his on-track debut for the team.