The incredible reliability from the 2020 season vintertest continued unabated on the second day.
Romain Grosjean made the end of the day an honest attempt to provoke the first red flag with an exit, which meant that Haas had to finish the day slightly ahead of time.
the Honour went instead to Alfa Romeo Kimi Räikkönen, as with 18 minutes again came to a halt out on the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya; possibly intentionally, since the teams often let the car run out of petrol, in order to ensure that the sensors are correctly set.
But almost two days with ten dependable teams are pretty wild for a Formula 1 test.
Grosjean drove more laps than any other runs with 158, and it had been more, if he had managed to keep the VF-20’eren on the pitch at the end. Through the turn four he lost, however, control and slid sideways through the sand pit and sliced the barrier.
He was able to run back to the pits, but as a minimum should the hind wing are changed. That this episode was the most dramatic tells a story about how reliable the new cars are.
Only Renault did not reach a three-digit number of laps due to a minor technical problem around noon. The French reached the dog 93, so no disaster there.
Romain Grosjean reached 158 laps, before he destroyed the hind wing at the Haas car. Photo: Andy Hone/Haas F1 Team
Shortly before Kimi Räikkönen stopped out on the track, put the Alfa Romeo soft C4-tires on the car, which meant that the fin topped the times with 1.17,091 minutes ahead of Sergio Perez, Racing Points.
Slowly, of the 13 drivers on the track this Thursday was Valtteri Bottas from Mercedes, which stresses that the fastest times at this stage of the test has nothing to say about any of the teams true strength.
In the discipline was Haas for the second day in a row anonymous with Romain Grosjean as third-slowest. If you insist on that it has importance, one should note that it is only a tenth from Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes ...
In fact have a Haas like the Ferrari - if the drivers were sixth and eighth fastest - changed their testing program in relation to the previous seasons.
in Addition to learn VF20’eren knowing using Haas extra time to learn about aerodynamics, and the different options they have for cooling of the engine and the brakes.
- We have a different approach this year, and we are better prepared with the checklist of what we need. We have so many parts here as possible, says Günther Steiner.
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- After the last year with the tyres, we got a lesson, as, for instance, we went to Bahrain. There we had not the right information, so we tried to learn it on Friday, and it is not possible, for there is not time, and must be improved for the race.
- So we try to get the data on all the parts we have. So we can use it when we need it, he says.
Therefore, will Haas-the head also does not assess the midterfeltet.
- the Drivers aren't bored of the car. Satisfied they never will, but it is much more predictable, so it is not bad, but it is too early to say anything. We have primarily collected data, he says.
Friday share drivers the time by Romain Grosjean in the car during the morning and Kevin Magnussen in the afternoon.
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Kimi Räikkönen (Alfa Romeo) 1.17,091 - 134 laps
Sergio Perez (Racing Points) 17.347 minutes - 145 laps
Daniel Ricciardo (Renault) 1.17,749 minutes - 41 laps
Alexander Albon (Red Bull) 1.17,983 minutes - 134 laps
Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri) 1.18,121 minutes - 147 laps
Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) 1.18,154 - 73 laps
George Russell (Williams) 1.18,266 - 116 laps
Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) 1.18,335 minutes - 49 laps
Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 1.18,387 minutes - 106 laps
Lando Norris (McLaren) 1.18,474 minutes - 137 laps
Romain Grosjean (Haas) 1.18,496 minutes - 158 laps
Esteban Ocoña (Renault) 1.18,557 - 52 laps
Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) 1.19,307 minutes - 77 laps
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