Honda F1 Bahrain In-Season Test – Day 1

Honda F1 Bahrain In-Season Test – Day 1

02.04.2019: Ever since F1 started racing in the Middle East, there’s been talk of the unusual prospect of a wet Grand Prix in the desert. So far, it’s not happened, but today’s test was badly a

Ever since F1 started racing in the Middle East, there’s been talk of the unusual prospect of a wet Grand Prix in the desert. So far, it’s not happened, but today’s test was badly affected by rain, with more than 4 hours of track time lost.
 


The teams had no Wet or Intermediate tyres available as, naturally enough, they had not requested any from Pirelli.
Honda was supplying PUs for three cars today – one each for the team test for Aston Martin Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso and a further one for a second Toro Rosso car, as the Italian team was also involved in a test for Pirelli, working on development of tyres for the 2020 season.


Max Verstappen was on driving duty for Red Bull, completing 62 laps over the course of the day. In the Toro Rosso camp, Alex Albon was driving for the team test, putting in 71 laps, while Daniil Kvyat was on Pirelli duties and did 45 laps.
There’s one more day of running here in the desert, when hopefully the weather will improve.
The Toro Rosso driver line-up remains unchanged, while Dan Ticktum, a product of the Red Bull Junior Driver programme, who is about to start racing in Japan in the Super Formula this year.
 
 
 


Masamitsu Motohashi
Honda F1 Deputy Technical Director



“This is our first test session since Barcelona before the start of the season. So far we have acquired plenty of data from the first two races, some of which we cannot get from our dyno work and that has increased our understanding of our PU. This test is useful to conform the lessons we have learned from the two race weekends and it will help us optimise our PU calibration for the coming races.



Furthermore, as this is a test, we can experiment with a wider range of PU settings than we would during a race weekend and this helps give us a clearer picture of the PU behaviour. It was a shame we lost so much track time because of the rain which we did not really expect in advance, but we still have one more day tomorrow and hopefully, we will be able to do plenty of laps.”
 
 


Alexander Albon
Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda
 
Best time: 1'31.089
Laps: 71   




“The first day of the Bahrain test went quite well, we had to stop for a few hours due to the rain, otherwise it was a pretty successful day. We got as much mileage in as we could, and we were able to complete a few aero tests which will hopefully bring more performance to the car. The job isn’t completely done yet, so we’ll have a busy schedule tomorrow to complete everything we want to test, but it’s looking good! I’m getting more experience in managing the tyres and finding the best way to extract more performance out of them, so it’s been a useful day despite the rain interruption.”
 


 
Max Verstappen
Aston Martin Red Bull Racing
 
Best time: 1'29.379
Laps: 62   




“It was a little bit wet, which is strange, but overall I think we had a good day, We managed to get in a lot of laps to help us understand more about our performance over the race weekend, and I think we’ve already learned a lot, so that’s very positive. We don’t get that many days to really understand the car, and during a race weekend it all goes by so quickly, so days like today are very helpful. We knew what didn’t work over the weekend in terms of rear-end grip so we tried to work on that and I think we learned a lot.”
 
 

          

          

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