Jolyon Palmer and Nico Hülkenberg were both on duty today in the R.S.17 at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Jolyon drove the morning session, completing 51 laps with a best time of 1min 21.396secs, the then third-fastest time. Nico drove in the afternoon, completing 42 laps with a best lap time of 1min 21.791secs, the fifth fastest of the day. Both drivers will be in action again tomorrow.

Fast Facts:
Track: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain, 4.7km
Chassis: R.S.17 - 01
Weather: Cool to warm sunny. Ambient 5°C - 16°C Track 9°C - 33°C  
Programme: Front suspension evaluations, rear aero evaluations.
Laps Completed: 93: Jo 51, Nico 42.
Classification: Jo: P4, 1:21.396, Nico P5 1:21.791.
Interruptions: Removal of gravel from car, removal of aero-rake, bodywork fettling.

What’s Next?
The fourth and final day of the first test will see a wet track with Nico in action in the morning, Jolyon in action in the afternoon.
Jolyon Palmer:
“It wasn’t a perfect start on cold tyres first thing, but other than that we’ve made some really good progress throughout the week in terms of set-up. I feel happy with where we are as it feels like we’re making steps forward every time we go out. The car seems straight-forward to understand for the engineers and drivers, so that makes progress and development much easier than otherwise. I completed 51 laps this morning which is satisfying and we’re constantly learning. I think that’s showing in the performance.”
Nico Hülkenberg:
“It’s a positive that we could complete more laps today. My time in the afternoon was slightly limited with some minor issues, but they were a valuable 42 laps and with some quality work done. We are constantly improving our understanding of the car and I learnt a few bits and bobs myself. Tomorrow we’ll run on a wet track, which will be interesting. I’m open-minded with what to expect. It’s going to be interesting in the morning with a wet track and pretty cool conditions; it could be fun, I’m interested to see what it’s like.”
Alan Permane, Sporting Director:
“We had productive day with both drivers in the car and we’ve seen good feedback regarding every element assessed. The team has made strong progress with the set-up and managed a decent amount of long runs to assist with our data collection and understanding. We used Pirelli’s soft tyre properly for the first time and it offers a decent chunk of pace over the medium compound. We’re very happy with what we’ve seen today in terms of downforce and tyre usage so we have a good baseline to work from for next week’s test.”