Day Two of this week’s Barcelona Test got underway in cold and frosty conditions at the Circuit de Catalunya this morning. It wasn’t long before the track and air temperatures started to hot up, however the Marussia F1 Team’s programme for the day was a slow and steady exploration of practice starts and other work to evaluate the various systems and procedures.
The short runs this necessitated meant that the driver of the day, Max Chilton, was laps-limited and he was unable to progress into the performance programme. In light of this, the engineering team may restructure the plan for the next two days.
Max Chilton: “The work that we have been doing today is very important for improving some of the on-car systems but we’ve focused more on shorter runs and we weren’t able to get into the tyre evaluation and set-up work that were part of my programme. I did have the chance for one quick lap right at the end, which moved us ahead of Caterham on the timesheet, and that’s why it would have been good to complete that part of the programme. It’s been a good day in terms of what we have learned though as all data is good data at this important phase of our development.”
John Booth, Team Principal, Marussia F1 Team: “Today has been one of those days where the benefit of our efforts is perhaps more evident within the engineering community rather than to the outside world looking in. On paper, we have obviously completed less mileage than some of the other teams and we haven’t been able to focus on outright performance. Max was only able to begin this work right at the very end of the day and his lap was good for P9, which is a nice reward for what has been a rather laborious programme for him. We have ticked off some important items on our pre-season checklist but we do have some set-up work that we need to complete with Max, so we will likely restructure the remaining two days of the test. We are pleased with the information we have been gathering and how this is being rolled back into the development programme for the next test and beyond. It’s good to be exploring all facets of the new car in a testing situation and to be making clear progress with any issues or areas for improvement.”