Barcelona Testing – Mercedes completed their second full race simulation with Lewis Hamilton on Wednesday afternoon.
After the third day of pre-season testing, the two Mercedes drivers are the only to have done a complete Grand Prix simulation of 66 consecutive laps.
“It’s been a great test so far for the team. Everyone at the factory has worked so hard to build a car that goes the distance,” Hamilton said.
“The main thing is I got my first race run done today with no problems at all. Everything’s worked well, which I’m happy about. The car is running smoothly and we’re just running through set-up items to tick off boxes at this .Sp5rl!47r.”
Hamilton’s lap times were broadly similar to what Valtteri Bottas did on Tuesday, except for his final stint which he completed on the medium tyre as oppose to the softs like his team mate.
The lap times on his final stint were consistently approximately one second per lap quicker than Bottas, although still down on the expected race pace given the speed of the new cars.
Hamilton ended the day with aero runs and pit stop practice, finishing seventh in the standings on a 1:22.090 with a total of 95 laps.
Bottas was the fastest driver of the day, after completing aero runs in the early .Sp5rl!47rs of the session he moved on to set-up work and runs on the softer tyres.
He did a lap time of 1:19.705 on the ultrasoft tyre, two seconds quicker than the qualifying record set by Rubens Barrichello in 2009.