F1 News: Barcelona T2 Day 1 – Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes LogoBarcelona Test Two – Day One
Technical problem brings early finish for MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS on opening day of final pre-season test in Barcelona

Date: Thursday 26 February 2015
Circuit: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Driver: Lewis Hamilton
No of Laps: 48
Circuit Length: 4.655 km
Kilometres Covered: 223
Best Lap Time: 1:24.881

Weather: Sunny, dry (AM), overcast, drizzle, clearing (PM), high temp 12°c
MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS began the third and final 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 set up analysis in the morning
• Lewis emerged for his first run at 09:05 CET, completing 48 laps before the lunch break
• The F1 W06 Hybrid remained in the garage after lunch owing to an MGUK failure
• Mercedes-Benz Power Units today completed a total of 1,052 km
• Nico Rosberg is scheduled to take the wheel of the F1 W06 Hybrid tomorrow for the second day of the test

Lewis Hamilton
I feel so much better this week. I have a lot more energy. I’m actually going to head back and go for a run now as I haven’t had much to do this afternoon! Of course, we would have liked to have a few more laps today – especially as the sun came out later on. But sometimes you have those days. I don’t see it as too much of a negative. It’s good that you find these things, whatever issues you might have, and iron them out now. It means hopefully you won’t find them at the first race. Testing is always difficult. If you get the whole day in the car, the sun is out and the tyres are working you can make more changes to learn where you want to put the car. Naturally, the more you drive the more you feel comfortable – but to be honest in the 50 laps I had today I felt ready to go. I had a positive feeling in the car and it was good to get the tyres working. I’ve got one more day to now hopefully have a clean run and really pinpoint where I want to put the car for the first race.

Pos. Driver Car Time Laps
1 Felipe Massa Williams 1:23.500 103
2 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:24.276 122
3 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS 1:24.881 48
4 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull 1:25.947 75
5 Romain Grosjean Lotus 1:26.177 75
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:26.327 80
7 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:26.962 86
8 Jenson Button McLaren 1:31.479 7

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