Pre-season testing recap: Week 2, Day 1February 26, 2020
Date: Wednesday, February 26
Location / Layout: Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya, Spain / 4.655-kilometer (2.892-mile), 16-turn circuit
Driver: Romain Grosjean
Laps / Distance: 107 laps / 498.085-kilometers (309.444-miles)
Best Lap Time: 1:18.670 (16th overall)
Fastest Lap: 1:16.942 by Robert Kubica of Alfa Romeo Racing
Most Laps: 107 laps by Romain Grosjean of Haas F1 Team
With 206 laps to his credit steering the VF-20 in the opening week of pre-season testing, Haas F1 Team driver Romain Grosjean returned to Circuit de Barcelona - Catalunya Wednesday for the start of the second and final week of test preparations ahead of the 2020 FIA Formula One World Championship.
Grosjean ran a total of 42 laps in the morning session having worked through a program based on aero measurements and baseline outings running the Pirelli C3 tire. The Frenchman remained behind the wheel in the afternoon – the only driver to do so, with a first-time sampling of the C4 tire and further set-up tests run through to the end of the session. Grosjean logged an additional 65 laps around the 4.655-kilometer (2.892-mile) Spanish track to take his total to 107 – his fastest lap of the day, a 1:18.670, set in the morning placing him 16th overall from the 19 drivers participating.
Teammate Kevin Magnussen takes over the VF-20 on Thursday, with both drivers sharing driving duties on Friday, Magnussen up first in the morning before Grosjean concludes the final test in the afternoon.
Romain Grosjean, Car No. 8
“There was a big agenda for the day, including trying different types of tires and different aero parts. That’s always fun trying to find the right direction for the future. I think we’ve accomplished a lot. We haven’t looked at going fast, we’ve been working more to improve our understanding of the car and get different parts on and see what they do. I think we’ve accomplished a lot.”
Guenther Steiner, Team Principal
“Again, it was a pretty good day today testing, we worked to our plan. We keep on trying bits and pieces, trying to get more data – all just to get ourselves ready. It was really just another day at the office.”