The final day of testing for the Williams Martini team would see Lance Stroll carry out the driving duties. It was another productive day for the team as Lance worked through his test programme. This included soft tyre runs as well as longer runs. Lance would complete 132 laps during the day. He would attempt a race simulation but would be hindered by several red flags. For the Williams team the next stop is Melbourne for the Australian GP, the first round of the 2017 Formula One season.
Test 10:03:2017 Day Four
Chassis / Engine: FW40-02 / Mercedes-AMG F1 M08 EQ Power+
Location: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, 4.655km
Weather: Warm and Dry
Maximum air & track temps: 24ºC / 32ºC
The final day of testing for the Williams Martini team would see Lance troll
carry out the driving duties. After a series of installation laps Lance
would return to the track, running on the soft tyre, for his first timed
laps. Lance would set a 1m:23.439 to get things started. His laps would see
him pushing a lot more than yesterday and he would improve with a 1m:22.764
to be quickest with just under half an hot completed. Lance would continue
to lap the circuit as Raikkonen went quickest with a 1m:22.704, running on
unmarked Pirelli tyres. Still on the soft tyre Lance would again improve
with a 1m:22.123 to be quickest. He would improve his time slightly with a
1m:21.916 to now be second behind Hulkenberg who had set a 1m:19.885 using
the ultra soft tyre.
Verstappen and Bottas would go second and third seeing Lance drop to fourth.
There would be a red flag courtesy of Grosjean who had gone off at Turn
five. With forty two laps completed Lance would again improve with a
1m:20.335 to now be third. lance would pit having completed forty seven
laps. The session would be red flagged and with its restart Verstappen would
go fastest with a 1m:19.852 on the soft tyre. Bottas would move into second
with a 1m:19.845 but another red flag would appear. With an hour remaining
Raikkonen would go quickest with a 1m:19.267 also set on the soft tyre.
Verstappen would be running on the super soft tyre and would set a
1m:19.438. Also on the super soft tyre Raikkonen would set the quickest time
from testing with a 1m:19.019.
For Lance he would now go out on the super soft tyre with his best a
1m:20.335 seeing him currently sixth. With fifty five laps completed he
would pit. Hulkenberg was now fourth followed by Perez with thirty minutes
remaining. Raikkonen was back out on the supers soft tyres and would improve
on his first and second sector times. He would finish his lap with a
1m:18.634 to set the new testing benchmark time in what was very definitely
a performance run by Ferrari. Lance had dropped to be behind Sainz. He would
complete a handful of laps but would not improve and would pit for the lunch
With the start of the afternoon session it would be some time before Lance
would return to the track, running on the soft tyre. An hour in the running
and Lance had completed seventy two laps. Sainz had improved to be third
with a 1m:19.837. As other drivers improved Lance would drop down the order
but he would continue to laps the Barcelona circuit. Lance was steadily
adding the laps to his tally and by the end of the day he would complete one
hundred and thirty two. He would finish the day in ninth with a best time of
1m:20.335. This would complete the Williams teams pre-season testing, next
Rod Nelson, Chief Test & Support Engineer:
It was a pretty good day. We did some chassis work and a qualifying
simulation this morning. Unfortunately, Lance didn’t manage to get his time
in on the ultrasofts, and so his fastest time of the day was set on the soft
tyres. We tried to do full race simulations in the afternoon but were
interrupted by several red flags. Overall, we have got a lot of good data
from this week. We’ve completed 600 laps this week, with the team doing a
very good job to make up for the time we lost last week. We can take a lot
of positives from this as we prepare to head to Melbourne.
It was a good day today to end a good week. It was a fun day and I got to
put the ultrasofts on and really feel the grip. It was awesome. I was on a
mega lap on them but I went long into Turn 13, which cost me everything and
I lost my lap. I was eight tenths up and it was looking good, but anyway
it’s testing. I did some good running this afternoon with long runs so it’s
all positive stuff. It was obviously a frustrating week last week with the
couple of things that happened, but we had a good week this week. We got all
our running in – long runs, short runs, and all compounds of tyres – so it
was good. I think we still have to stay calm ahead of Australia and just do
our work and then see where we are. It’s a new track for me as I have never
been there, but I’m going to take it step-by-step and run-by-run.
Driver Team Time Laps
1. K. Raikkonen Scuderia Ferrari 1:18.634 39 / 111
2. M. Verstappen Red Bull Racing 1:19.438 20 / 71
3. C. Sainz Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:19.837 36 / 132
4. V. Bottas Mercedes AMG Motorsport 1:19.845 34 / 53
5. L. Hamilton Mercedes AMG Motorsport 1:19.850 27 / 54
6. N. Hulkenberg Renault Sport F1 Team 1:19.885 17 / 45
7. S. Perez Force India F1 Team 1:20.116 41 / 128
8. J. Palmer Renault Sport F1 Team 1:20.205 27 / 43
9. L. Stroll WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING 1:20.335 41 / 132
10. R. Grosjean Haas F1 Team 1:21.743 60 / 76
11. F. Alonso McLaren 1:21.389 39 / 43
12. M. Ericsson Sauber F1 Team 1:21.670 49 / 59
13. P. Wehrlein Sauber F1 Team 1:23.527 39 / 42
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