Hamilton: The feeling of the car is somewhat differentFebruary 18, 2019
As in previous years, in the Mercedes on the first day of the pre-season tests attracted to the work of both of their racers. In the morning, Valtteri Bottas collected information about tire behavior and the work of aerodynamics, and in the second half of the day Lewis Hamilton assessed the W10 reaction to changing settings.
Valtteri Bottas (8th): “I really enjoyed this morning – it’s nice to be back on the track! I drove 69 laps without any major problems, all attempts can be called successful. Since the car is completely new, we almost immediately found ways to improve its balance and behavior – we will deal with this in the next few days. It is gratifying that the W10 is going quite well – it means that our entire team in Brackley, Brixworth and here works great on the track. I look forward to working with the car tomorrow afternoon! “
Lewis Hamilton (9th): “It’s nice to be back in the cockpit, and it’s great that things are going so smoothly! Compared to the previous year, the feeling of flying is somewhat different, we try to understand the balance of the chassis and other characteristics. The first day of the tests passed positively, we completed the planned program, but we still have a lot to learn about our new car. ”
James Ellison, Technical Director: “On the first day of work with a new car, you always feel inspired, and today we have started up pre-season tests quite well. Both drivers tested the W10 and by the end of the day, without any difficulty, they drove 150 laps for two.
The team effectively spent the first day of testing, evaluating the work of the new tires and the reaction of the car to adjust the settings. Today, the absolute speed was not a priority, we are satisfied with the handling of the W10 and its behavior. ”
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