by Adrian Dorofte and Adrian Andronic
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Final F1 Test at Barcelona: DAY 1+2 - Lewis and Nico face the downpour

DAY 1 Report

Lewis Hamilton completed 113 laps today during testing at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, with conditions varying from heavy rain showers to a dry circuit for the late afternoon.


- Lewis completed a total of 526 km over the course of the day, the highest of any driver

- The morning programme focused on tyre evaluations in the wet conditions, mainly on intermediate tyres

- Lewis also completed race weekend procedure practice when useful running was not possible

- This afternoon, Lewis completed a wet to dry race simulation on intermediate and then medium compound tyres

- Lewis has now completed 2040 km over five days of winter testing, equivalent to nearly seven Grand Prix distances

Nico Rosberg will drive for the second day of the test tomorrow.


Lewis Hamilton
"The track started out really wet this morning but thankfully the conditions dried out later on and we were able to complete some proper running. It felt good to work through the race simulation this afternoon; both to get myself back in practice and to put valuable miles on the car. All the guys have done a fantastic job both here and at the factory. I’m really happy that we’re making progress together and very much enjoying working with everyone. The last couple of days of pre-season testing are always really exciting when everyone starts to add their upgrades so I’m looking forward to the weekend."

DAY 1 Times


DAY 2 Report

For the second consecutive day, MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS topped the mileage charts at pre-season testing with Nico Rosberg completing a total of 120 laps at the Circuit de Catalunya.

- Whilst the track was wet this morning, Nico focused on evaluating new parts and set-up on the wet and intermediate tyres

- Nico completed a single run on medium compound tyres before lunch

- This afternoon, Nico completed a race simulation on dry tyres, although the latter stages were disrupted by red flags

- Nico did not complete any shorter runs when the track was dry in the afternoon

- Nico completed 559 km today, taking his pre-season mileage to 2030 km (compared to 2040 km for Lewis)

Lewis will be in the car tomorrow for his final day of pre-season testing.


Nico Rosberg
"It was great to run in the wet today which I have not done so far during our pre-season testing programme. The car felt good in those conditions and it’s important to have had this experience as there is always the chance of rain in Melbourne. This afternoon, we did some race simulation work which was very productive. I am happy with my mileage today as every single lap is important for the learning process, and so overall it was a positive day for me here in Montmelo."

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