BUILDING A FOUNDATION
On the second day of pre-season testing in Barcelona, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport say the team continue to get a better understanding of there W10
Both Mercedes drivers hit the track today with Lewis taking the morning stint and Bottas the afternoon leg with the Finn cliaming the quicker drive of the day finishing in P6 with Lewis down in P10
Lewis Hamilton "It's been a good day overall. It was quite cold in the morning, so switching the tyres on was a little bit tricky, but it seemed like a few people had similar issues. We were focusing on working through our run plan and we got through everything we wanted. It's good that we're getting in a lot of mileage and we will try to increase that over the next days as we continue to discover the characteristics of this car. That's the exciting part about it - learning something new and being faced with different challenges. Everyone is working so diligently, I'm really happy to be here with everyone for the seventh year in a row and I'm excited for this journey that we're embarking on"
Valtteri Bottas "We did a lot of laps today and again managed to complete our run plan. We're learning a lot about the W10 with each run and we're building a better understanding of the set-up. The car was better balanced than yesterday, but there's still a bit of room for improvement. As you can tell from the lap times, we've been focusing on long-run work. I'll be in the car tomorrow morning, so it will be a busy evening for me, taking in all the learnings from today. It's been a pretty normal test so far; fortunately, the car has been very reliable, so that's good news."
Technical Director of Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport James Allison "We're just two days in, but already a quarter of the way through the precious days of winter testing. Today was another very useful day for us, accumulating a lot of miles, proving out a lot of components and testing with both drivers several set-up avenues. The car was trouble-free all day and we added to the knowledge about the tyres and the car that we started to acquire yesterday. This permits us to build a a foundation for the second test where all the interesting running will take place."