After four days in Jerez de la Frontera, the F1 circus has continued its Spanish travels, setting up on the outskirts of Barcelona, at the Catalunya circuit, which is home to the Spanish Grand Prix.
As in Andalusia, Daniel Ricciardo is driving the STR8 for the first two days, before Jean-Eric Vergne takes over on Thursday. This is the first day of testing on a track that is actually used for a Grand Prix and therefore one that is well known to the teams from an engineering perspective.
Today, the morning was given over mainly to aerodynamic work to gain a better understanding of the car. In the afternoon, work began on the actual set-up of the car, to find the best direction in which to move forward. Daniel only used the Hard Pirelli compound today.
Daniel Ricciardo: “This was my first time back in the car since the second day in Jerez and we had a full programme of things to try. Because of some of the changes we chose to make to the car set-up, this involved quite a bit of time in the garage, therefore this was not a day for a lot of laps. I’m glad I’m driving tomorrow, because I feel I need to get a better understanding of what we started today. We have some homework to do overnight, but we know which direction to go in.”