Nico Hulkenberg completed 79 laps in the morning, setting what would be the day’s fourth-fastest time, whilst Carlos Sainz went for 69 in the afternoon, setting the day’s fifth fastest time on the seventh and penultimate day of Formula 1 preseason testing at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
Running to similar programmes, both drivers were evenly matched on times, with Nico setting a 1:18.675secs lap and Carlos a 1:18.725secs.
- Track: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain, 4.7km.
- Chassis: R.S.18 – 02.
- Weather: Dry, overcast and cloudy. Ambient 6°C – 15°C Track 14°C – 30°C.
- Programme: Set-up work, front wing and tyre evaluations.
- Laps Completed: 148: Nico 79; Carlos 69.
- Classification: Nico P4, 1:18.675; Carlos P5, 1:18.725.
- Interruptions: Red flags.
Nico Hülkenberg: “We’ve made progress today, but we still can’t be sure where we stand relative to the opposition; that’s something we’ll only know for sure in Australia. The R.S.18 is certainly a solid foundation with the possibility to extract good performance with developments through the season. This week is productive in terms of running through the test programme without any big problems, which is really positive.”
Carlos Sainz: “We had another strong afternoon of running and a good day in general where we were able to complete our full run plan. We can be happy with that and we even got in some pit stop practice at the end. We’ve been focussing on performance a bit more and we are learning all the time. We need to analyse where we are tonight and come back tomorrow to have an even better day.”
Nick Chester, Technical Director: “Today we made decent progress with set-up and gained a good understanding of our latest front wing. We had a first taste of the softer tyres in Pirelli’s range, in Super, Ultra and Hypersoft flavours. The Hypersoft is certainly a big step from the rest of the range, with a big jump in lap time and grip, as well as being more durable than we expected. It will be interesting to see how this tyre will be deployed over the season. Once more we completed a decent tally of laps so we have plenty to be working on ahead of the final day of testing.”
Carlos will jump back into the car tomorrow morning, handing over at lunchtime to
Nico for the final afternoon of pre-season testing.