The Honda Racing F1 Team resumed testing action today at the Paul Ricard facility near Marseille. This week’s three-day test will enable the team to prepare for the next two Grands Prix on the Formula One calendar, which take place around the streets of Monte Carlo in Monaco and at the Circuit Gilles Villenueve in Montreal, Canada.
The adaptable Paul Ricard test track was set up in a short, twisty and high downforce Monaco configuration for today and Thursday, before changing to a low downforce Montreal layout for the final day on Friday.
The team’s Reserve and Test Driver Alex Wurz began the test today, with Jenson Button due to take over the car for Thursday and Friday. Weather conditions in the south of France were warm and sunny with the mid-morning ambient temperature at 21°C and track temperatures of 32°C.
Alex’s programme for today was to complete an aerodynamic evaluation in preparation for the Monaco Grand Prix. He completed 142 laps as the team worked through various set-ups changes in preparation for tackling the unique demands of Monaco’s tight, twisty and bumpy roads.