New BMW i Andretti Motorsport driver Maximilian Guenther claimed the fastest lap after 18 hours of available testing at Circuit Ricardo Tormo this week.
Guenther, who has replaced Antonio Felix da Costa at the BMW team this coming season, set his time of 1:15.087s in the afternoon session which was held directly after an additional trial race.
The young German though ended the test with slight contact with the chicane wall. Although his car was only slightly damaged, it was enough to bring out the final red flag of the test.
The afternoon running was extended by 15-minutes after multiple red flags were flown for on track stoppages and accidents.
Both GEOX Dragon drivers, Nico Mueller and Brendon Hartley, had off-track excursions, as did Stoffel Vandoorne’s Mercedes, while Edoardo Mortara’s Venturi had to be recovered from the pit exit after stopping.
Mahindra’s Pascal Wehrlein had initially set the fastest time of the test with a 1m15.190s in the morning. This lap was 0.187s quicker than Robin Frijns’s quickest time from Wednesday’s action and stayed the second-best lap throughout the afternoon running.
GEOX Dragon’s Nico Muller was just 0.008s away from Wehrlein’s best in the morning, while DS Techeetah’s new driver Antonio Felix da Costa placed fourth overall with a time of 1:15.293s.
BMW i Andretti Motorsport driver Alexander Sims brought out the only red flag of the morning session after hitting the chicane wall on the main straight in the final minutes.
Sims suffered right-hand suspension damage in the incident which came on a full 250kW qualifying lap simulation.
The resultant repairs ensured that the car missed the first 12 laps of the second ‘trial race’ which was held at the beginning of the afternoon action.
Buemi First in Additional ‘Test’ Race
Nissan e.dams driver Sebastien Buemi crossed the finishing line first in the extra ‘trial race’ held at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo this afternoon.
The 2015-16 champion came through the field after the mock contest was led first by Antonio Felix da Costa, and then for spells by Oliver Rowland, Felipe Massa, Robin Frijns, Sam Bird and Andre Lotterer.
Buemi led home Lotterer’s Porsche by 1.6s after two Full Course Yellow periods were used to further develop and perfect the new for 2019-20 sporting regulations.
This included a total deduction of 10kw/h from each car as per the new regulation of taking off available energy under race neutralization periods.
Da Costa pitted in the first half of the race but re-emerged briefly before pulling back into the pit-lane. His DS Techeetah teammate and reigning champion Jean-Eric Vergne also pitted and chose not to complete the available full ‘race’ distance.
Similarly, both Bird and Frijns elected not to complete the running with pre-arranged strategies to pit during the running the test event.
Venturi’s Felipe Massa damaged his Venturi while attempting a move on Oliver Rowland for the lead and pitted three laps from the end.
Completing the top three at the end of the 45-minutes and one lap race was Massa’s Venturi teammate Edoardo Mortara.