It was a productive opening day of pre-season testing for meRcedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team to Circuit Barcelona-Catalonia like both george russell and Lewis Hamilton were able to complete a good number of laps to learn more about the characteristics of the W13.
Russell completed seventy-seven laps of the Spanish circuit in the morning session as he took part in his first official test with Mercedes since being confirmed to race for them in 2022, while teammate Hamilton took over in the afternoon and was able to complete fifty more laps in a reliable and trouble-free day for the team.
Andrew Shovlinthe director of ground engineering at Mercedes, admitted that the day had been “surprisingly easy” as the W13 proved reliable, although the same could be said for many teams on the opening day of the trials.
“We worked hard today and both drivers were able to give us their first impressions of the W13. Shovlin said. “Overall it was a surprisingly straightforward day, although looking up and down the pit lane you can see how high the reliability standards are and most teams seemed to be running their programs without problem.”
Shovlin says the limited testing available to teams – they only have six days in total before the season begins in earnest next month in Bahrain – so it’s important to maximize the time they have on the track and learn as early as possible, especially with the new aero regulations coming into effect this season.
“There really is a lot to try and cram into the six days of winter testing when you consider how different the car and the regulations are. Shovlin said. “Nevertheless, we have made good progress in understanding the aerodynamics and the tyres, while covering nearly 600 km under our belt.
“From a pace point of view it’s too early to say where people are, we also have a few wrinkles to iron out in terms of balance and performance before we really try to put times on the board.
“However, our overall feeling today is good and we look forward to making more progress tomorrow.”