Chassis / Engine: FW40-01 / Mercedes-AMG F1 M08 EQ Power+
Location: Bahrain International Circuit, 5.412km
Weather: Warm and Dry
Maximum air & track temps: 37ļC / 40ļC
Rod Nelson, Chief Test & Support Engineer: Itís been a very
productive day. The morning was mostly spent undertaking aero
investigations, and in the afternoon we covered some chassis and tyre work.
Itís really interesting to get another driverís point of view and look at
the differences in driving style from someone so experienced. It was really
useful feedback for us moving forward. We finished off the afternoon with
some more aero runs, race starts and set-up. We really covered everything in
the plan over the 126 laps that we completed. So it was a very good session.
Gary Paffett: Itís been a while since Iíve done a full test in a
Formula One car! Itís really good to be back in the car, really good. The
cars this year with the increased downforce, and more grip in the tyres, are
really nice to drive. Weíve had a really good day. Weíve done a lot of laps,
which is really good, and we got all of our testing done. Thatís the purpose
really, to get all the testing done, and then for me to go back and validate
the simulator. So overall it was really nice to drive the car and Iím very
happy with how the day went.