Pastor goes on a long run
Timesheet topping laps may have been a feature of Barcelona testing so far but Pastor Maldonado made miles the priority today as he clocked up the distance of two Grands Prix with 140 laps completed.
It was the second highest tally of laps on the second day of the final Barcelona tests, and while single lap pace wasn’t the order of the day, Pastor was able to set a best time of 1min 26.705secs.
The majority of the laps took place during a sunny afternoon at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, and a busy day saw the Venezuelan run an extensive programme that included front suspension geometry evaluation and aero assessments.
On a straightforward day in the Barcelona sun, there was even time for a race simulation that extended Pastor’s running as he lapped consistently and without interruption.
While a demanding schedule, the fruits of the driver’s off season regime meant he was in perfect shape to ramp up the work on the E23 Hybrid.
“We ran the car for a long time today which has been a good endorsement of my winter training programme as I still feel fresh after 140 laps,” he said. “We did a lot of different assessments so I had plenty to think about and it was good to do the race simulation as we’ll soon be heading to Melbourne. There’s a lot of information to digest from today and I can’t wait to get back in the car on Sunday.”
Technical Director Nick Chester praised the reliability of the E23, which helped the team build on the basis of their data so far.
“We’ve completed a high tally of laps today and the E23 has run reliably throughout,” he said. “This is great for us as we’ve been able to try a number of different set-up and aero configurations to enable us to get as much data as possible to make further progress in our understanding of our new car.”
“Pastor did a great job despite driving the equivalent distance of more than two Grands Prix and we’re looking forward to Romain jumping back into the car tomorrow.”
With the season edging closer towards the first race of the season in Melbourne, Romain Grosjean will take the wheel in tomorrow’s testing before Pastor returns to the wheel on Sunday.