Nikita Mazepin brought the first part of our season to an end as he completed 51 laps on the final day of testing ahead of the summer break.
Best time: 1:17.748
Position: P5 of 11
Nikita Mazepin: “I was extremely excited to be back in the car and I am happy with the way we worked today. We had a couple of issues with the car that prevented us from completing our programme, but we were still able to have some meaningful running and complete more than 50 laps. I am grateful to the crew for their hard work. Every time I step into an F1 car it’s a big enjoyment boost compared to the GP3 cars I am used to. Working with the team is incredible: even though I have been with this group of people for two years now, every time I am testing I am impressed by the level of professionalism and expertise that surrounds me. There is so much I can learn from the engineers and I am determined to give the best possible feedback to help the team progress.”
Tom McCullough, Chief Engineer: “Nikita settled in quickly with the team and we were able to hit the ground running. We went through all our data and information-gathering programme in the morning, but unfortunately we had a couple of technical issues that cost us track time later in the day. The crew did well to replace the affected parts and we were able to catch up and bring forward our test programme, while giving our development driver some valuable experience behind the wheel. Overall, we had two productive days here in Budapest to finish the first part of the season.”