Sensor issues cost Racing Point time on Wednesday

Racing Point has confirmed that they were unable to complete their full testing programme on Wednesday morning due to sensor issues.

The team has been in really strong form in testing so far, ending most days at the top end of the timesheet, but with so much mileage being completed, the Silverstone-based team has started to find a few “niggles” with the car.

Lance Stroll was in the RP20 for the morning session on Wednesday and managed to complete 43 laps, setting a best time of 1m17.787s, but the 21-year-old lost time when his team discovered he had a few sensor issues.

Speaking about Wednesday’s test, Stroll commented: “Unfortunately we had a few problems with the car today, which resulted in us not getting the full programme done this morning.

“It’s a little frustrating, as obviously you want as much track time as you can get before the first race – but it’s better we find and fix these issues now than have them hit us when we get to Melbourne.

“Overall, the car has felt pretty good since we first hit the track last week, so I’m looking forward to getting back to it tomorrow and hoping for a smoother day.”

Although the team has been hampered with a few minor issues, Racing Point Performance Engineering Director, Tom McCullough said that the team has learned a lot about the RP20, and they managed to complete most of their setup tests by the end of the day.

“The main aim [on Wednesday] was to complete our core test matrix before we move on to preparations for Melbourne over the final two days.” said McCullough.

“As the mileage has increased, so we’ve found some little niggles with the car – including a few sensor issues, which unfortunately cost us some track time during the morning session in particular.

“But overall, we’ve increased our understanding of the new package and swept through most of the setup items we needed to tick off today.

“There’s plenty of data to analyse – even if the strong winds make interpreting that data a little trickier – so we’ll be working through that into this evening and aiming to hit the ground running tomorrow.”