Haas F1 Team driver Romain Grosjean had a methodical day of testing Wednesday at Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya, amassing 96 laps round the 4.655-kilometer (2.892-mile), 16-turn track. Grosjean systematically worked through a variety of baseline setup configurations on the Haas VF-17 throughout the morning before experimenting with the full range of Pirelli’s tire compounds in the afternoon.
Grosjean’s quickest time was a 1:21.887, earned on his 66th lap while utilizing a set of Pirelli P Zero Purple ultrasoft tires. It placed him 10th among the 14 drivers who took to the racetrack.
The morning session mirrored the schedule teammate Kevin Magnussen followed Tuesday – a series of early laps on the White medium tire after an installation tour on the Orange hard option, followed by a switch to the Yellow soft compound to exploit its increased grip. Grosjean’s best time in the morning was a 1:22.428, secured on his 36th lap. He tallied 54 laps before the mandatory lunch break."
Haas F1 Team ceded 90 minutes of run time in the afternoon to fix an exhaust issue. The shortened run plan meant valuable race simulation laps were condensed following double stints trialing the Red supersoft and Purple ultrasoft tires, the latter of which Grosjean used to secure his fastest lap. There were two red-flag stoppages in the day’s closing minutes, denying Grosjean the opportunity to surpass 100 laps.
“It was a good day in the car." said Grosjean "We did most of the program we wanted to do. We’re still evaluating how the car is going and how we can improve the setup and find the weaknesses and strengths. Hopefully, before Melbourne we’ll have the time to make some small adjustments aerodynamically and mechanically to get there and be ready for a good performance. I’m very much looking forward to getting back in on Friday.”
Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas set the quickest time (1:19.310) and Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen ran the most laps (102).
Magnussen returns to the Haas VF-17 Thursday while Grosjean is in the car for the final day of testing Friday.
2017 Formula One Testing – Barcelona Test 2, Day Two
1 V. Bottas Mercedes 1:19.310
2 F. Massa Williams 1:19.420
3 K. Räikkönen Ferrari 1:20.406
4 M. Verstappen Red Bull 1:20.432
5 L. Stroll Williams 1:20.579
6 L. Hamilton Mercedes 1:20.702
7 N. Hülkenberg Renault 1:21.213
8 S. Pérez Force India 1:21.297
9 C. Sainz Toro Rosso 1:21.872
10 R. Grosjean Haas 1:21.887
11 P. Wehrlein Sauber 1:23.000
12 F. Alonso McLaren 1:23.041
13 M. Ericsson Sauber 1:23.384
14 J. Palmer Renault 1:24.774
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