Honda F1 teams Barcelona test day 2 review

Honda F1 teams Barcelona test day 2 review

19.02.2019: 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship Barcelona F1 testing Day 2 The second day of testing here in Barcelona was an important one for our two drivers, given that both Pierre Gasly and Alex Albon were having their first full

2019 FIA Formula One World Championship Barcelona F1 testing – Day 2
 


 
The second day of testing here in Barcelona was an important one for our two drivers, given that both Pierre Gasly and Alex Albon were having their first full day of testing with their new teams and, in the case of the Toro Rosso man, it was also his first proper day of running in a Formula 1 car.
 


Sticking with Alex for a moment, his day got off to the worst possible start, as he spun on cold tyres, something far more experienced drivers have also done here. Fortunately, no damage was done and he went on to complete the second highest number of laps of the day. So no fitness problem clearly. In the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing camp, work continued not only on evaluating the new car but also on the car and PU suppliers learning to work together. On this front, everything seems to be going smoothly. Towards the end of the day, Pierre went off the track, hitting the barrier fairly hard with the back end of the car, which lost him a little bit of track time. Tomorrow, sees the return of Daniil Kvyat and Max Verstappen to their respective cockpits.
 
 
 


Alexander Albon
Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda
#ALB23
Best time: 1:19.301
Laps: 132    


“Today was up there with one of my all-time great experiences! It’s been a really good day. At the start I was thinking to myself ‘don’t spin it this morning’, and that’s exactly what I did! It was really tricky out there because the track was so cold that you couldn’t drive slowly - as soon as you drive too slow your tyres get cold, it becomes unpredictable and it’s like driving on ice.


Once I got into my rhythm it was a smooth day and we had no issues, apart from a couple of spins later on, but I was just exploring the limits to see what the car was capable of. I did a few laps on Wednesday for our Filming Day, so today wasn’t a totally new experience to drive an F1 car, and I’ve also been in the simulator many times, so I had a general idea of what the car could do. However, the high speed of the car is definitely new to me and it was a bit of a positive shock - I’m enjoying it a lot! I’m still smiling from when I got out of the car and I’ll continue smiling throughout tonight until tomorrow!”
 
 



Pierre Gasly
Aston Martin Red Bull Racing
#GAS10
Best time: 1:19.814
Laps: 92    



“The day was positive and I was really happy to be back behind the wheel after the winter break. The first feeling is good. It was important for me to get comfortable in the car and we managed to do more than 90 laps. This afternoon, I was pushing and out of Turn 10 I went on the power, upshifted to fifth and lost the rear of the car. It was quite annoying to lose the last hour of testing. Apart from that, we tested a lot of things and got a lot of good information, there is a good potential. Of course we still have a lot of work to do over the next six days of testing but for me, aside from the last bit, the first day was great.”
 



Jody Egginton
Scuderia Toro Rosso Deputy Technical Director



“Today was the first proper day in the car for Alex and I think he would agree it has been both productive and enjoyable for him. Following a hiccup during the install which - to be fair to Alex - was not of his making, he quickly got a feel for the car, the track conditions and the tyres, which we know in these cold temperatures is not easy.



From this point onwards, Alex quickly gained confidence building on this through the day, completing his program with a good number of laps.  The power unit has once again run very smoothly all day and we managed to get through a number of important test items learning more about the way the car is behaving. This has given us some strong leads on directions in which to investigate in the short and medium term.




The priority remains to continue to run through the large number of tests to characterise the various areas of the car and, in parallel, the accumulation of mileage. As such, we are not looking too closely at performance levels right now, but we are satisfied with the progress made today. Daniil will step back in tomorrow to continue where Alex left off and we are looking forwards to learning more about our 2019 package.”
 
 


Toyoharu Tanabe
Honda F1 Technical Director




“Between our two teams, we completed 224 trouble free laps today, which is encouraging.  Today, we continued to work on PU settings, partly based on what we saw from yesterday’s data. Albon was having his first run in the car, therefore another important job was to optimise the PU settings to suit his driving style. In fact, for Alex it was an especially valuable session, as he was having his first full day driving a Formula 1 car and he did well to complete 132 laps.”
 
 

          

          


 
 
 
 Honda Motor Co.

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