Evaluations and simulations for today’s testing programme
Testing resumed at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya today with Romain Grosjean logging 75 laps at the wheel of the E23 Hybrid despite changeable weather conditions. His best lap, set in 1min 26.177secs, put him in fifth fastest while the day’s focus was very much on performance simulations and set-up evaluations.
“We tried a lot of different set-ups today so there was a lot of returning to the garage for different things to be changed, which is all part of testing,” described the Frenchman. “The car’s been reliable again and we’ve gone through quite a bit of work even if the lap count isn’t as high as some other days – it’s all part of the learning process at a test. I’m looking forward to watching further progress with the car tomorrow then getting back out on track myself on Saturday.”
While the morning was spent evaluating a new front suspension geometry, the afternoon’s aim was to assess various set-ups.
“The E23 was once more reliable and we’ve collected plenty of data and good feedback from Romain,” said Trackside Operations Director Alan Permane. “The track was damp for a while, so we avoided too much time on the circuit in those conditions as it’s not productive to be on circuit at those times for test purposes. We’re all set for another full day tomorrow with Pastor in the car.”
Indeed, Pastor Maldonado will take over testing duties tomorrow.