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Jake Dennis: “I can’t thank the team enough for inviting me back”

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Jake Dennis - Aston Martin Red Bull Racing - Hungaroring
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Jake Dennis reflected on a positive day for both himself and Aston Martin Red Bull Racing as he completed one hundred and thirty-one laps of the Hungaroring on Wednesday,

The post-Hungarian Grand Prix test was Dennis’ second time driving the RB14 in 2018 after having a day in the post-Spanish Grand Prix test back in May, and he felt that he learned a lot across the day, in which he finished third fastest overall behind Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport’s reserve driver George Russell and current Scuderia Ferrari driver Kimi Räikkönen.

“That was a good day!” said Dennis.  “We did 131 laps, I think Daniel did 125 yesterday, so a lot of mileage for the team and a lot learned.

“I was focused on some long runs in the morning and then some softer tyre stuff, which I enjoyed. To push the car to its limits was a great experience. Then it was back to more long runs in the afternoon and we think we made some big progress with the car.

“Overall, a very good day and I can’t thank the team enough for inviting me back. Also, 131 laps for a rookie – I’m certainly feeling it now!”

Red Bull’s Senior Projects Engineer, Jeff Calam, was pleased with the feedback the current Blancpain GT Series racer and former GP3 Series and FIA European Formula 3 Championship race winner gave, and he knows it will benefit the team in the long run as it will offer them a better correlation with the work Dennis performs in the simulator back in Milton Keynes.

“It was great for him to get a real feel for what the RB14 is capable of and I think he enjoyed the experience,” said Calam.

His feedback throughout was very good and not only was it valuable for him to get another real world experience of the car, it will also help with correlation with his simulator work.”

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