Honda F1 Barcelona test 1 -day 4 review

Honda F1 Barcelona test 1 -day 4 review

21.02.2019: 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship Barcelona F1 testing – Day 4 4454.835 kilometres: that’s the distance covered by Honda Power Units at the first pre-season test that’s just ended at the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit.

2019 FIA Formula One World Championship Barcelona F1 testing – Day 4
 
 
4454.835 kilometres: that’s the distance covered by Honda Power Units at the first pre-season test that’s just ended at the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit.




 
It’s an impressive number, but it’s far too early in the year to draw any conclusions. The main thing to take away from the past four days on track in Spain, is that Honda got through all its planned programme, looking mainly at system checks, driveability and tuning the settings to suit each of our four drivers’ driving styles. It wasn’t just the technical side of things we were testing, as this was also the first time in the hybrid era that Honda is supplying two teams. Learning to work with our new colleagues from Red Bull, as well as our old friends at Toro Rosso was another important aspect of these past few days.




All those kilometres produce a huge amount of data and between now and the second four-day test which starts next Tuesday, there’s a lot of number crunching and analysis going on in Sakura, Japan and Milton Keynes UK. With just a few days until the next test, many of the team will also be hard at work in Barcelona, as there’s really no time to head home in between the tests.




Those numbers in detail:


Laps completed
Alex Albon: 214 laps
Pierre Gasly: 238
Max Verstappen: 237
Daniil Kvyat: 214
A total of 957 laps, equivalent to 4454.835 Kilometres
 
 

 
Alexander Albon
Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda
#ALB23
 
Best time: 1:17.637
Laps: 136   




“My first two days of F1 testing completed and I really enjoyed it! We had a good day today topping the timesheets in the morning session, I know it’s still early days and we don’t know what everyone else is doing but it’s a good sign for the future. The first day began with a tricky start, but the team made me feel comfortable after that and we were able to get on with the programme.



I think everything is going to plan quite well, we’ve hit our mileage target which is important for the guys back at the factory, and of course at the same time, I’m still learning the car. The grip is so high that it took a while for my head to adjust to it, it’s been a big learning curve! I’m still not fully in the rhythm yet but I think after next week I’ll be there and ready to race.”
 




 
Pierre Gasly
Aston Martin Red Bull Racing
#GAS10
 
Best time: 1:18.780
Laps: 146   





“It was a really productive day. We managed 146 laps, so a lot of long runs but also a lot of tests done for the Team. The overall feeling with the car is really good. It doesn’t show on the lap times today, but it is testing and we know what we’re doing, so I’m pretty happy. This week has gone well. I managed to do a lot of laps, which was important for me, and I was able to get used to the car and my new engineer. We’ve done some good work in that regard this week and there’s a lot more to come next week as we get ready for Melbourne.”
 
 



Toyoharu Tanabe
Honda F1 Technical Director


“For this first four-day pre-season test, working with both Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda and Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Honda, it was encouraging that we got through all our planned programme with both teams. As for today, everything went smoothly and we acquired a good amount of data. It’s the first time in the hybrid era that we are powering two teams and at this test, we learned a lot in terms of how to operate with them both.



There were no major issues with the power units throughout this test. Toro Rosso has completed 482 laps over the four days and Red Bull did 475, meaning that Honda PUs ran a total of 957 laps. We will now spend the next few days analysing all the data we have acquired here, in order to move forward with development in the final four days of testing next week prior to the first race in Australia.”
 



 
Franz Tost
Scuderia Toro Rosso
Team Principal


“The first pre-season test in Barcelona was a successful one for Toro Rosso. The car ran well throughout the four days and we saw good results from both the performance side and the reliability. It was the first time in the STR14 for Daniil and Alex, who both did a very good job and gave positive feedback about the car and the Honda Power Unit. There is still a lot of work in front of us to further improve the car. The team did a great job as we ended the first test with a total of 482 laps.



This gave us a lot of data and we now have a long list of test items for next week to make further steps forward. The weather was very good in Barcelona this year as the wind wasn’t blowing so heavily and we reached reasonably good track temperatures, which allowed us to get some productive running - especially in the afternoon sessions. This means the test results are quite valid for the start of the season in Melbourne.”
 



Jody Egginton
Scuderia Toro Rosso
Deputy Technical Director


“For the final day of pre-season testing Alex was back behind the wheel and continued the work which Dany had put in during Day 3. After completion of a block of aero tests early on he moved into a general testing programme, carrying out a number of setup related test items. We then moved on to a series of new tyre runs, in order to provide Alex with a further opportunity to gain experience of how to best utilise the new tyre over a short run.


This culminated in a solid performance on both the C4 and C5 compounds, which is encouraging at this point in the test programme. In the afternoon, similar to Dany on Day 3, Alex conducted a number of longer stints putting in solid times on both compounds, whilst also gaining experience of managing the tyres over extended running. Again, today we have seen Alex move along the learning curve impressively, managing both quick and consistent lap times whilst also developing the car setup to his liking together with his engineers. There is much more work to do in next week’s test, but we look forward to making further progress with the STR14.”
 



Guillaume Rocquelin
Red Bull Racing
Head of Race Engineering



“We had a very smooth, tidy finish to the first test and Pierre got through a big workload today. We spent much of the day on the C3 tyre and focused on longer runs but it wasn’t just about piling on the miles. There was plenty going on in the background that will aid development of the car. Overall we’ve had a very successful first test. We’ve been able to tick off all the items on the run plans and this test has thrown up a few interesting things that we can factor into development. We’ve had great support from the factory too, as shown with the rear wing we ran yesterday, so it’s been a very consistent and productive week. We got to where wanted to be and beyond.”
 
 

          
    


 
 
 Honda Motor Co.,  photos Sutton
 

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