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Maldonado goes quickest again in Barcelona

Pastor Maldonado returned to the wheel of the Lotus F1 Team E23 Hybrid for the third day of testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, setting the day’s fastest lap whilst he accomplished an extensive programme. Pastor’s quickest lap was a 1min 24.348secs, completed during the course of his 104 laps, comprising of various aero, tyre and performance simulations.

Maldonado said, “We achieved a lot today and it was great to complete so many laps and end the day as the fastest car. Certainly, I feel much more confident in the E23 and we’re learning a lot about it with all the laps we’re completing. I’m able to push when needed and everything about the whole package feels a lot more together than last year, especially if you remember where we were in terms of performance and reliability during the pre-season in 2014. We still have a lot of work to do, but we’re making very good progress so we’re all very positive about the work being done.”

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Wehrlein does some more testing for Force India on Day 3 in Barcelona

Pascal Wehrlein was back in the driving seat as Sahara Force India completed another successful day of testing in Barcelona, the young German completing 81 laps in a session affected by unpredictable weather. Race driver Nico Hulkenberg will make his 2015 debut in the final day of testing tomorrow.

Wehrlein said, “It was great to be back in the car after a surprising Thursday and this turned out to be another great day. When you get into a completely different car to what you are used to, everything is new, from how the car feels to the buttons and dials on the steering wheel. Having had the experience on Thursday really helped me with this, I learnt a lot in these two days and that made a difference for me. The team did really help me settle in my role: everyone welcomed me from the start and made it really easy to work. The atmosphere is great. Today's work was very focussed on set-up and we even managed to include a longer run: it was a good day's work and I am looking forward for more opportunities in the future."

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Perez gives Force India a real workout on Day 2 in Barcelona

Sahara Force India made the most of the second day of testing in Barcelona, as Sergio Perez completed a total of 121 laps - the second highest tally in the field. With two test days remaining this week, Pascal Wehrlein will return to the cockpit tomorrow, with Nico Hulkenberg driving in the final sessions on Sunday.

Perez shared after his run, “I am really happy with the way the day went and by the amount of laps we managed to complete. We worked on understanding the new tyres and I think we took a good step forward in that respect; of course, we are waiting for our 'new baby' to come and we're really looking forward to put all the learning we did in the last two days into practice with the new car. On a personal level, these days have also been valuable to get to know my new race and performance engineers: we made good progress and I am looking forward to even more when working on the simulator this coming week.”

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Ricciardo posts 142 laps on Day 2 in Barcelona

Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s pre-season preparations went well on day two of the second test of 2015, as Daniel Ricciardo completed 142 laps of the Circuit de Catalunya at the wheel of the RB11. The morning session was given over to a mix of short runs and pit stop practice and shortly before the lunch break Daniel recorded the day’s quickest lap with an outing on Pirelli’s soft tyres that netted a time of 1:24.574s. In the afternoon the team switched to medium and long runs and more tyre evaluation.

“It was good. We wanted to get a day with a 100-plus laps on the board and we did that and more today. It was very solid,” said Daniel afterwards. “We also got through some pit stop practice and some good long runs, which is very positive. I know it’s just testing but it is encouraging seeing us on top or at least in that front group. Obviously you have no idea what everyone is doing, but it is encouraging. The car feels good. It has similar characteristics to RB10 in terms of how the chassis feels but that’s a good thing, as I think we had a pretty good car last year. All in all a really good day’s work.”

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Wehrlein, Perez share Force India on Day 1 in Barcelona

Sahara Force India opened its 2015 season with a positive day of testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. 20-year-old German Pascal Wehrlein made his debut behind the wheel of the VJM07 in the morning, with race driver Sergio Perez taking over in the afternoon as the team completed a total of 66 laps. Perez will resume his testing duties tomorrow.

Pascal Wehrlein, said, “It was great to spend the morning with Force India and to have the opportunity to drive their car for the first time. It’s a good team and everyone was really welcoming. After a few laps I felt very comfortable and confident in the car. Then, of course, I had to move across one garage and drive the Mercedes for the afternoon which was a bit of a surprise. But I will have another day with Force India this week. Driving two Formula One cars in one day was amazing and I am really looking forward to getting back out there again.”

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Maldonado in the Lotus tops the charts in Barcelona

Lotus F1 Team topped the times on the first day of testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya with Pastor Maldonado setting a fastest time of 1min 25.011secs during the course of completing 69 laps at the track.

Maldonado said, “It is always good to see your name at the top of the timing monitors and my fastest lap was just in the course of our normal programme for the day. It feels good to drive the E23 in Barcelona. The car responded well to the changes we made and we were able to complete a good number of laps. The team has made strong progress since Jerez and we have a great starting point for the rest of the week. The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is a perfect track to assess a new car so we’re happy with progress today.”

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Ricciardo does 59 laps in Barcelona

Formula One’s second pre-season test of 2015 got underway in Barcelona today, with Daniel Ricciardo recording 59 laps of the Circuit de Catalunya. The bulk of Daniel’s laps were completed in the afternoon, as the team made a late start to the morning session due to a number of upgrades needing to fine-tuned before the Australian took to the track. Thereafter, the team’s running was trouble-free, with Daniel enjoying a brief run on the soft tyre to slot into third place on the timesheet, with a lap of 1:25.547.

“The car felt good today, we got a bit of running done on a few different [tyre] compounds, which was interesting and we got a lot of data, which is always good,” said Daniel. “I think we’re chipping away. We’re definitely making progress but it takes time. However, I think come Melbourne we’ll be there.”

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