Day Three of the Barcelona Test saw Max Chilton back in the MR02 for the Marussia F1 Team today, for a continuation of the set-up and aero evaluation programme which began late yesterday.
The cool weather is hampering progress so the mornings are given over to systems and procedures work while the track conditions improve, therefore Max was only able to begin the performance programme after lunch. A planned suspension change delayed the start of the afternoon’s running but once he was out on track, Max was able to achieve some longer runs than he has been getting for the past two days. A red flag towards the end of the session frustrated the performance window for all of the teams.
Given the stop-start nature of the running, it has made sense to keep Max in the car for consistency and he will therefore continue into tomorrow, a day where the weather is likely to intervene in proceedings.
Max Chilton: “It’s been good to be able to pick up from where I left off yesterday. As we’ve had such a stop-start programme it’s important to try to find a rhythm when we can, to ensure the engineers are getting some consistent feedback on this aero before we move to the new configuration next week. Once again, it’s been the case that much of the benefit will have been felt behind the scenes rather than on the timesheets, especially as we had a red flag at the end of the session when we were hoping to explore more of the outright performance. Having said that, it’s good that we still find ourselves ahead of the Caterham again.”
John Booth, Team Principal, Marussia F1 Team: “Another good day’s work in which we’ve been able to steadily step through a busy checklist of testing items. This afternoon was our chance to explore the car’s performance a little more and though we are pleased with our position relative to Caterham, we would have liked more laps to keep pushing in that direction. The delayed start to our afternoon due to a planned suspension change and a frustrating red flag towards the end of the session meant that our window of opportunity was abbreviated rather more than we would have liked. Max has done a great job over the last three days and we’ve certainly benefited from the consistency this has provided.”