Rocquelin: 'It's been a very successful test'

Published on 21 February 2020 by Niels Hendrix

The final day of Formula 1's first pre-season test of 2020 saw both Max Verstappen and Alex Albon in action at the Circuit de Catalunya, with Max running in the morning session and Albon taking over in the afternoon. With the focus still on long runs, the pair were able to post another impressive total of 169 laps to take the RB16’s overall count to 471 for test 1.

Aston Martin Red Bull Racing head of race engineering, Guillaume Rocquelin, said: “It’s been a very successful test for the whole team and in my opinion one of the most satisfying first weeks of pre-season testing we’ve had in some time. We had no issues, and the car ran very smoothly throughout. We did have a small issue on the car in the morning but it was an easy fix and Max was able to complete a full race simulation. We were on course for the same with Alex in the afternoon, but unfortunately there were a few red flags so we didn’t quite get everything done. Despite those delays he was still able to get through more than 80 laps so we’re very happy. We’re in good shape and we’ve now got a very good platform heading into the second week where we’ll hopefully add some more performance.”