It was his second day in the car, but his running on Tuesday was cut short after a front wing failure caused him to crash mid-way through the day. Fortunately it was a more trouble-free session for the Brit on day three, setting the third fastest time and gaining more vital experience in the new car.
“At the moment we’re definitely happy,” he admitted. “We’ve shown the strength within this team through all the hard work that’s gone into getting the car here, bouncing back from the issue on Tuesday and then going out there and following up 97 laps yesterday with a further 62 today; it’s a huge accomplishment for everyone involved.
“Proving reliability at this stage is crucial and every lap is precious, as this is going to be a seriously challenging year for every team. I’m feeling very positive after these tests and every day on track is another step forwards, but there are so many challenges ahead of us in the coming weeks and months that we just have to take those steps one at a time.”
After gaining plenty of mileage with the W05, executive director (technical) Paddy Lowe said the team is hoping for more of the same tomorrow. “It was good to get Lewis back in the car today for his first real opportunity to drive some good laps and explore the performance of the W05,” he said.
“We made a relatively strong start to the day and completed two medium length runs before lunch. We began running again at around 14:30, completing a couple more runs before a transmission issue brought our day to an early close.
“Nevertheless, we achieved reasonable mileage overall with a total of 62 laps and learned a great deal more about the car. The target for tomorrow will be to continue making progress in our understanding of the car and put more miles on what is still a very new technical package.”
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