Plenty of background work on ‘productive’ day for Gasly & Red Bull Racing

Red Bull Racing’s Pierre Gasly says that his 146 laps of Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on Thursday were productive, as Red Bull are currently doing plenty of ‘background’ work.

Gasly recovered from his Tuesday afternoon crash setback to put in a mammoth 146 laps of the Spanish circuit on Thursday, with a fastest time of 1:18.780. While only P11 on the timesheets, many of those in front of him had run softer compound C4 & C5 tyres and the French driver says the team are still mostly focusing on gathering data: “It was a really productive day.”

“We managed 146 laps, so a lot of long runs but also a lot of tests done for the Team. The overall feeling with the car is really good. It doesn’t show on the lap times today, but it is testing and we know what we’re doing, so I’m pretty happy. This week has gone well. I managed to do a lot of laps, which was important for me, and I was able to get used to the car and my new engineer. We’ve done some good work in that regard this week and there’s a lot more to come next week as we get ready for Melbourne.”

Head of Race Engineering Guillaume Rocquelin said that there’s plenty of work going on behind the scenes, particularly on the aero front as the team brought a new rear wing to the track yesterday: “We had a very smooth, tidy finish to the first test and Pierre got through a big workload today”

“We spent much of the day on the C3 tyre and focused on longer runs but it wasn’t just about piling on the miles. There was plenty going on in the background that will aid development of the car. Overall we’ve had a very successful first test. We’ve been able to tick off all the items on the run plans and this test has thrown up a few interesting things that we can factor into development. We’ve had great support from the factory too, as shown with the rear wing we ran yesterday, so it’s been a very consistent and productive week. We got to where wanted to be and beyond.”

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