Racing Point have been largely anonymous in pre-season testing so far, until Lance Stroll changed all that by finishing P3 on the opening day of the second test.
After spending the first test avoiding the sharp end of the timesheets, Lance Stroll elevated Racing Point into P3 on Tuesday as the second test began at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
He used the C5 tyres late in the session to put in a 1:17.804 after completing 82 laps of the track and says that the team, formerly known as Force India, are starting to find their feet for this season: “It was our smoothest day of testing so far and we completed some valuable mileage. The car felt good so I think we are heading in the right direction.”
“These days are about building confidence and getting to grips with the new car, but also getting used to this new environment. I am getting on really well with the crew in the garage. They’re great people and everyone is working so hard. We ran on a mix of different tyres today and tried a lot of test items. There’s a good atmosphere in the garage and I’m feeling pleased with the work we did today.”
Performance Engineering Director Tom McCullough explained that the day’s program had consisted of aero testing and testing setups: “We worked through an aero test programme in the morning, while in the afternoon we were able to focus more on rebalancing the car. ”
“We also had the first sample of the softer compounds Pirelli have introduced for this year. In general, we continued with our strong data-gathering programme: there still a lot of work to do, but our understanding of the RP19 is increasing every time we run it. We need to keep doing that for the rest of the week.”