Lewis Hamilton hopes a productive day of testing at Barcelona will serve Mercedes well at next week’s Monaco GP.
Two days after claiming a hugely impressive race victory at the Circuit de Catalunya to increase his championship lead to 17 points, Hamilton completed 151 laps in the W09 as Mercedes worked through their day one programme.
The team confirmed their job sheet included data collection in order to correlate performance between the wind tunnel and track after recent car improvements, set-up work, plus focus on engine development.
Mercedes also completed a trial for F1’s governing body by placing two lights on their car’s rear-wing endplates.
And while not a particular lover of F1 testing duties, Hamilton was pleased to get the extra mileage under his belt ahead of a key phase of the season.
“It was a good day and a relatively interesting test, I’m glad we did it,” he said.
“We got through a large programme and did 151 laps, which is a good sign of reliability.
“I’m looking forward to Monaco; hopefully we can take some of the things we’ve learned onto there.”
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Away from the exacting pressures of a strict race-weekend timetable, the two-day test gives all teams a chance to work on an array of different items.
“We had a good baseline to work with from the test, so our focus has been further understanding the car and tyres,” said Andrew Shovlin, the team’s chief race engineer.
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“We had a comprehensive aero data collection programme which we got through while the track was cold first thing, then got stuck into proper running for the remainder of the day.
“It’s difficult on a race weekend to complete proper tests due to the limited number of tyres, the constantly evolving track and the requirement to get the maximum speed out of the car. Here we were able to step through a large programme of setup items, so Lewis has been able to get a good feel for the effect of these changes and hopefully that will help us get the most out of the car at the upcoming races.”
Although the fast, sweeping Barcelona layout bears little resemblance to the narrow confines of Monaco’s streets, the Circuit de Catalunya’s final sector does present a chance for teams to get a read on their respective car’s slow-speed performance.
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