Foto: Mercedes
Photo: Mercedes

A lot to do for the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Crew during the test drives in Abu Dhabi. At the wheel of the two W 11 Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries took their places during the day.

For Vandoorne it was the first exit in the W 11, for de Vries the first test in a Formula 1 car at all. In the morning, Vandoorne set the pace and de Vries finished third. In the afternoon, both drivers were able to improve their lap times: De Vries finished second, Vandoorne finished third on the timesheet.

The crew concentrated on giving both drivers experience on a fast lap as well as on prolonged runs they made changes to the setup in order to better understand the effects on the vehicle balance and the behavior of the 2020 get to know Pirelli tires.


Stoffel Vandoorne: “I had a lot of fun in the W today 11 and could cover many laps, both on shorter and longer runs s. Overall, the mark went well and I was the fastest in the morning. I want to say a big thank you to the crew for giving me this likelihood. You don’t often get the opportunity to drive a Formula 1 world championship car, that’s something very special. It was a real privilege to have the W 11 and it warfare a fantastic mark. In the afternoon I had to stop a little earlier because I had to go to the airport for a PR appointment. But I am still satisfied with the test day and I am happy to have had this opportunity at the end of the year to test the W 11 to drive.”

Nyck de Vries: “Today was a very special mark when I made my Formula 1 debut. It’s a fantastic car, like from another planet. You can brake so late and take so much speed into the corners. It was wonderful to ride it. I’m happy with my progress over the day and the job we have done. I was surprised at how quickly I settled in the car. The crew gave me great support and did everything they could to make me feel as comfortable as possible. Thank you Mercedes for giving me this unique likelihood and special opportunity. It warfare a natty mark in the car. ”

Andrew Shovlin. “Today we have the W 11 last seen on the track for a few years. So it was nice to give him one last ride with our Formula E drivers Nyck and Stoffel. You both did a great job. Stoffel has driven some of our last year’s cars in the past few years, but today he was in the W for the first time 11. So it was interesting to hear his Concepts. Unfortunately, Stoffel had to leave early because of an appointment for the Formula E crew and thus missed the cooler conditions at the end of the day. But we were able to complete the entire program. For Nyck it was his first mark in a Formula 1 car and he impressed us with how quickly he got there and how good his speed was with a lot and little gasoline on board. Both Stoffel and Nyck play their part in our F1 program in the simulator. So today’s mark was a good opportunity for them to test the real car and see the season 2020 to conclude with a positive experience. ”


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