INSIGHTS

  • BARCELONA TEST, DAY 1

Report

16 May 2018

MASAMITSU MOTOHASHI | DEPUTY TECHNICAL DIRECTOR,HONDA F1
“Our programme for this two-day test involved assessing some new ideas on the PU side. Unfortunately, today’s track time was limited as we had to stop running in the early afternoon to change the PU.

This was done as a precautionary measure, as we felt a chassis issue detected on the car may have damaged some elements of the PU. All the same, we got some useful data from the 50 laps completed. The Toro Rosso and Honda mechanics did a great job to allow us to get Sean back out on track towards the very end of the session and this meant we were able to check that everything is okay and set for what we hope will be a more productive day tomorrow.”

SEAN GELAEL
“It’s good to be back driving with Toro Rosso, they’re a great bunch of guys and it’s a nice car, obviously! Straight away I could notice the difference between last year’s car and the STR13, there’s much more grip!

Today it has been a little bit unfortunate for us because of the issues we ran into, but I learned a lot and the team still has a lot of important data to analyse. It’s a shame that we couldn’t do more laps, but that’s racing and we hope tomorrow will be more productive.”

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