In what was a productive day for the ROKiT Williams Team Nicholas Latifi would complete his pre-season testing with the team. Despite having to cope with a wet track early on the conditions improved such that Nicholas could complete some soft tyre runs and as well as other compounds in preparation for his first race in Melbourne. For Nicholas he would come out of the day positive with the results after been allowed to complete performance runs followed by race simulations.
ROKiT Williams Barcelona Test 27:02:2020 Day
Drivers: Nicholas Latifi
Chassis / Engine: FW43-01 / Mercedes-AMG F1 M11 EQ Performance
Location: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, 4.655 km
Weather: Moderate temperatures with showers
Dave Robson, Senior Race
Engineer: Today Nicholas completed his in-car preparation ahead of the
start of the new race season. He enjoyed a productive day, completing 160
laps despite the damp start and the red flags. We were able to complete some
more setup work, building on the data that we have been gathering since
Wednesday of last week. We then pushed the car a little harder using the
softest of the 2020 Pirelli compound range. After lunch we were able to
complete some higher fuel running, giving Nicholas some valuable experience
of managing the C2 and C3 compounds, which, respectively, will be the prime
and option compounds in Australia, and the option and qualifying compounds
when we return to Barcelona in May. There was time at the end of the day to
give the pit crew some useful live pitstop practice. The car and PU behaved
well today, and we were able to make the most of the reliability to push the
car a little harder. We aim to continue this progress tomorrow when George
joins us again for his final day in the car before we head to Australia.
Nicholas Latifi: Overall it was a positive day and I
got to experience the car in both trims that you would in a race weekend. We
focused our morning on performance runs and I was finally able to feel the
limits of the car. Unfortunately, the track conditions this morning hampered
our running, and from that point of view our performance simulations weren’t
as representative as I would have liked. In the afternoon we moved on to
conducting our race simulations and I was able to get a lot of laps on the
board. I think today went well, we had no issues and I was able to make up
for the lost mileage from the previous days. This was the last time I will
have had the chance to drive the car, I am looking forward to arriving in
Melbourne and making my Formula One Grand Prix debut with the team.
The FW43 returns to the track tomorrow in Barcelona for the
final day of testing with George Russell in the car.
Pos. Driver Team Best Time Total Laps
1. S. Vettel Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow 1:16.841 145
2. P. Gasly Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda 1:17.066 139
3. L. Stroll BWT Racing Point Formula One Team 1:17.118 130
4. N. Latifi ROKiT Williams Racing 1:17.313 160
5. L. Norris McLaren F1 Team 1:17.573 113
6. M. Verstappen Aston Martin Red Bull Racing 1:17.738 31
7. V. Bottas Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:17.985 47
8. E. Ocon Renault F1 Team 1:18.013 37
9. K. Magnussen Haas F1 Team 1:18.225 111
10. A. Albon Aston Martin Red Bull Racing 1:18.393 61
11. D. Ricciardo Renault F1 Team 1:18.395 59
12. A. Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN 1:19.670 92
13. L. Hamilton Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:22.425 14
ROKiT Williams Barcelona Test 27:02:2020 Day Two
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