15 May 2018
The first day of test session at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya saw Antonio Giovinazzi in the cockpit of the C37 for the first time this season. The Italian completed a total of 135 laps throughout the day. He did a very good job and was up to speed after just a few runs. The team completed the full programme consisting of mechanical set-up work, testing of new aerodynamic parts, as well as runs on various tyre compounds with back to back tests. The collected data will now be analysed, and the team will prepare the programme for the second day of testing tomorrow.
Circuit: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya / 4.655 km
Driver: Antonio Giovinazzi
Weather: sunny and dry; air 15° – 26°C, track 18° –36°C
Chassis / engine: C37-01 / Ferrari
Laps today: 135 laps, 628.425 km
Fastest lap: 1:19.693 min (P8, hypersoft tyres)
Programme: aerodynamic and mechanical tests, tyre work
Antonio Giovinazzi (car number 36):
“It was a really good day for me. I am happy to have been back in the car for the first time since I did an FP1 session in Abu Dhabi last year. It was a productive day – we tested different car set-ups, tried out some new aerodynamic parts and completed runs on different tyre compounds. I would like to thank the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team for this test. I really enjoyed the day.”
Charles Leclerc will take over the cockpit of the C37 for the second day of Test 3 in Barcelona.