Mercedes: It’s not been a wasted day

Following the Bahrain Grand Prix, Formula One teams have remained in Bahrain for this year’s first in-season test. Lewis Hamilton was behind the wheel of the Mercedes-AMG F1 W10 EQ Power+, completing 77 laps on the opening day.

  • Distance Covered: 417 km
  • Best Lap Time: 1:31.156
  • The team worked on a number of test items today, looking at the cooling of the car and collecting aero data
  • Rainfall interrupted the session, cutting today’s programme short
  • Mercedes-Benz Power Units completed a total of 844 km today

Lewis Hamilton: “We were driving on the same track we drove all weekend, but due to the conditions we faced completely different obstacles today. Both the temperatures and the wind were different to what we experienced last week, which is why this is actually quite a cool track to drive as it brought some variation.”

Andrew Shovlin: “The rain was a bit of a surprise! It wasn’t forecast but ended up costing us four or five hours of our programme. We selected the tyres for this test back in December and not expecting rain, we chose only dry tyres.”

“So, once the track was properly wet we didn’t have any option but to wait for it to dry again. However, it’s not been a wasted day, we got through a few aero items in the morning and have managed to collect useful data on some development items.”

“We’re going to reorganise our plans a bit for tomorrow, we’re not going to manage to get everything done that we hoped but with decent weather we should be able to cover most of it.”