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Bottas Concludes Mercedes Barcelona Test

Author: Bradley Lord Published: 16th May 2018 18:17

The Barcelona in-season test concluded on Wednesday, with Valtteri Bottas taking over the reins of the Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 EQ Power+. The Finn completed 139 laps in total and ended the day at the top of the timesheets.The Barcelona in-season test concluded on Wednesday, with Valtteri Bottas taking over the reins of the Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 EQ Power+. The Finn completed 139 laps in total and ended the day at the top of the timesheets.

Valtteri Bottas driving for Brackley based F1 Mercedes AMG Petronas laps the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya 139 times on the second and final day of in-season testing
 
Date:    Wednesday 16 May 2018
Driver:    Valtteri Bottas
Circuit:    Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Circuit Length:    4.655 km
Laps Completed:    139
Distance Covered:    647 km
Best Lap Time:    1:16.904

 
The Barcelona in-season test concluded on Wednesday, with Valtteri Bottas taking over the reins of the Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 EQ Power+. The Finn completed 139 laps in total and ended the day at the top of the timesheets.

  • One of the main priorities in the morning session was completing a series of aerodynamic test items, before the focus switched to shorter runs
  • In the afternoon, Valtteri moved onto longer runs
  • Valtteri's best time of 1:16.904 was set on the SuperSoft tyre shortly before the lunch break
  • Mercedes-Benz Power Units today completed 495 laps in total (2,304 km)
  • Rights-free imagery is now available on our media site

Valtteri Bottas
Today was really interesting and we got through our programme fairly smoothly. We had a good baseline from last weekend and used it to work on different set-ups, trying out bigger changes than we normally would on a race weekend.
 
We also tried to gather some information on the tyres, as we will see similarly smooth tarmac at Silverstone and Paul Ricard. I enjoyed being back in the car today, I'm looking forward to being back in action next week in Monaco.
 
Andrew Shovlin
We've had Valtteri in the car today and have had another very useful day of testing, with the car running faultlessly throughout. We had a fairly similar programme to Lewis, using the early part of the day to do a number of the aerodynamic test items, then getting into a programme of short run work before lunch and longer runs in the afternoon.
 
There were a few cars that stopped on track in the afternoon causing red flags, which does impact on your plans. But, we have been able to complete almost all the important work we had planned and have made some good progress in further understanding the car and tyres. We have a very busy few days coming up, finishing our analysis from the race and test and getting stuck into preparations for Monaco to ensure we are ready for its unique challenges.
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