Drivers: Roy Nissany,
Chassis / Engine: FW42-01 / Mercedes-AMG F1 M10 EQ Power+
Location: Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi
Weather: Warm and dry
Dave Robson, Senior Race
Engineer: We completed the 2019 campaign with a very productive day of
testing here in Abu Dhabi. Roy began the day collecting important aero data
before completing the tyre testing that he began yesterday. Once again, he
drove confidently, professionally, and proficiently and provided us with
some very valuable feedback on the 2020 tyres. Nicholas drove for the final
six hours of the day to get his first experience of the new tyres on a warm
track. He completed a similar programme to the one that Georg ran yesterday,
but this time concentrating on getting the best performance out of the 2020
C4 compound. As he has done in each of the FP1 sessions that he has driven
this season, he gave some very good feedback and helped guide our long run
programme this afternoon.
This was valuable experience for
both us and Nicholas and we now head back to the factory with a lot of new
information on the tyres, which will help inform our choices of compound for
both winter testing and the opening races of next season. It is nice to have
ended this season with a very useful and productive two days of testing. It
is testament to the entire team that the car ran reliably and effectively
throughout, completing 273 laps.
The post-season test is always
hard work, but to do this at the end of such a long season is a huge ask of
the mechanics who have spent the last ten months on the road. At the end of
this season, in particular, they deserve a lot of credit for pushing to the
end and ensuring that we completed such a successful test. They are
supported throughout the season by a superb garage support group as well as
our wonderful marketing, media and catering teams. We thank all of them for
their unwavering help, support, good humour and unlimited cups of tea.
Without them, the track would be a considerably less enjoyable place to be.
We wish them all a well-earned break and a very merry Christmas. .
Nicholas Latifi: It was a good day, there were a lot of laps in a
short space of time. It was very productive as I got to experience the new
2020 tyres, which will be good experience going into next year. I ran these
on low fuel, quali style runs and then, more importantly, full fuel race
simulations which I had yet to experience. The afternoon ran pretty
smoothly, we had no issues and I am very pleased with my first official day
in the new job.
Roy Nissany: Again, it
was another great day. We started this morning with some aero rakes and a
lot of engineering testing. It was very productive, for myself, and for the
team. We did a lot of long runs, and I made some good improvements
throughout the session. Overall, I am very happy with my performance in the
test and I hope the team feels the same way.