F1 News: Barcelona Test Day 3 – Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes LogoBarcelona Test – Day Three
Lewis hits a century on day three at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya

Date: Saturday 21 February 2015
Circuit: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Driver: Lewis Hamilton
No of Laps: 101
Circuit Length: 4.655 km
Kilometres Covered: 470
Best Lap Time: 1:26.076

Weather: Overcast (am), showers (lunch), sunny spells (pm), high temp 12°c
MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS continued the second test of the 2015 season today at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, with Lewis Hamilton at the wheel of the F1 W06 Hybrid.
• Today’s schedule consisted of suspension and aerodynamic work
• Lewis emerged for his first run at precisely 09:00 CET, completing 41 laps before lunch and a further 60 after the lunch break
• Mercedes-Benz Power Units today completed a total of 1,815 km
• Nico Rosberg is scheduled to take the wheel of the F1 W06 Hybrid tomorrow for the final day of the test

Lewis Hamilton
Just like yesterday, there have been better days in terms of how I’m feeling. I’m definitely not 100% and I’m looking forward to going home tonight and sleeping for the next couple of days! It was a hard day out there physically – but I’ll make sure I’m better for next week and come back stronger. I’m glad I got some good time in the car today with 101 laps. The guys here and back at the factory are working incredibly hard to make sure we get as much mileage as we can, so a big thanks to them. We weren’t looking for a quick lap – just driving round looking at setup changes. If the weather had been better we would have had more mileage but we got through everything we wanted to today anyway. All things considered it’s been a great day. The biggest issue at the moment is actually getting the tyres working properly. There’s temperature in them but they just don’t seem to ever be in the operating window. Hopefully when we see warmer temperatures they’ll be better. The car itself feels solid and we’ve been good on reliability. There are areas we can improve on – but we’re taking it one step at a time and each step so far has been forwards, not backwards, so it’s been quite positive.

Pos. Driver Team Time Laps
1 Pastor Maldonado Lotus 1:24.348 104
2 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso 1:24.739 129
3 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS 1:26.076 101
4 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:26.340 53
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:26.407 105
6 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull 1:26.589 112
7 Felipe Massa Williams 1:26.912 55
8 Pascal Wehrlein Force India 1:27.333 81
9 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:27.556 49
10 Jenson Button McLaren 1:29.151 24

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