Lewis Hamilton says it was the first time that he wanted to continue driving after completing a test session, but had no more tyres so he spent the last 20 minutes in the garage.
Hamilton first tested the new Mercedes Two-Axle Steering System (DAS) for the first time yesterday, which pulls the steering wheel in depth to change the angle of the front wheels, depending on whether the driver is on a straight line or in turns.
Mercedes was very reliable and made 106 laps with Hamilton in the first part of the second day, most of all drivers, and the six-time world champion says that after so many laps he felt very fresh and wanted to drive.
“It’s been another beautiful day here in Barcelona and we got some great mileage on the new car today,” said Hamilton.
“As a team, we completed a race run in the morning, which is great for reliability and shows the foundation we are starting on.”
“This is probably the first day ever, that I can remember, where I finished a test session and wanted to continue.”
“We had 20 minutes left and I wanted us to maximise and do more laps, but we’d ran out of tyres. It felt good today and I felt physically fantastic.”
“To get through a race run and still feel at the end of it that I could do another 100 laps is a good feeling.”
Hamilton’s best time from day one on the C2 tyres (1:16.976) is still the best time on the first test.