Sergio Pèrez, completed BWT Racing Point F1 Team‘s testing on the sixth day as he racked up 154 laps and explained how the past six days had effected the team and how ready they are for the 2020 FIA Formula 1 Championship season.
Pèrez explained how his team were able to get through the main programme set out before the pre-season testing at Circuit De Catalunya-Barcelona. The Mexican finished in seventh place during the final day of testing, after setting a time of 1:16.654.
He touched on looking toward the 2020 Australian Grand Prix, and how testing has got him exciting for the start of season, as he takes on his new car of the RP20.
“We’ve got plenty of useful data from these six days and I think we are now well-prepared to start the season.
“I’m looking forward to it and hoping we can be competitive from the first race – but of course, it’s going to be a long season.”
Perez – Everyone has made progress in testing
Perez continued talking about the upcoming season. When talking, he made it clear that the whole grid has put in what they need during this series of winter testing.
Racing Point, have been at the forefront, as they have impressed most with the speed they seemingly have, as they continue with Mercedes AMG Petronas as their engine partner. But Perez, made a point of saying nothing is known until you are racing, as they will start at The Albert Park Circuit.
“It doesn’t matter where you start in Melbourne, it matters where you finish in Abu Dhabi. A big thank you to everyone here at the track and back at the factory – everybody has done a huge amount of work over the winter.”
The Mexican commented on what he will do to get ready for the season, explaining there will be a focus on his family but also with be preparing for the race in physical ways, suggesting the simulator will be used more.
He added, that there is a long way to go yet before the first Grand Prix, but he is looking forward to being there.
“For me, the plan now is to do some more physical preparation, with a bit of down time to relax as well before the travelling begins. It’s a long way to Australia, but I can’t wait to get out there and go racing.”
McCullough ‘Positive’ Winter Test for Racing Point
Tom McCullough, Performance Engineering Director of Racing Point explained how the sixth day and how winter testing has gone for his team.
He talked of the positivity which has come out of the testing for the team. He explained that both driver, Perez plus Lance Stroll, have allowed the programme the team set out to be followed.
“Overall, it’s been a positive winter for us. As with Lance yesterday, Sergio didn’t put a foot wrong today.
“Between them they’ve helped us get through a very busy test programme across the six days – which hasn’t always been easy with the weather. “
McCullough, talked of the sixth day and what happened for them during the day. He explained about the weather conditions suggesting they were slightly better, but added they were looking forward to the final day.
However, he touched on a technical issue which the team had, at the 2020 Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix Circuit. He conveyed that it was an electrical issue but it did not effect the RP20 much nor did it effect the programme the team were aiming to run for the day.
“We spent the morning finishing off our optimisation work based on the knowledge we’ve gathered of the car thus far.
“The lower winds certainly made it easier to understand what we were looking at relative to the tricky conditions of yesterday.“
“We had a small technical issue at the end of the morning session, which was traced to an electrical fault.
“While not a significant concern, we elected to carry out some precautionary checks – as it’s important to understand and iron out these niggles before we go racing – which unfortunately cost us some running on the softer tyre compounds. “
He then went on to speak about the afternoon running which took place. He commented on the long runs which were completed during the afternoon and focused on what it was leading to as they get ready for the first race of the season.
“The afternoon was focused on long run performance – putting our car balance and set-up work from the preceding days into practice – with some positive feedback from Sergio to end the test. We’ve learned a lot about the RP20 over the past two weeks.“
“Busy” Winter That Racing Point Hope Gets Them in The Battle
McCullough, then finalised by explaining that the data they have gathered has allowed them to be ready for the races.
He explained also it has been an active time for everyone, as they aim to get through everything. He suggested that the team having been working as hard as they can to to try and take back fourth, which McLaren F1 Team took last season.
“Now it’s a matter of ensuring we make the best possible use of that data ahead of the opening races.
“It’s been a busy winter for everybody trackside and back at the factory, with some long hours and an incredible amount of work going on behind the scenes. A big thank you to each and every member of the team.”