F1 Testing In Barcelona

F1 Testing In Barcelona

Raikkonen’s best time, 1m 20.960s on soft tyres, sliced almost another second off Hamilton’s Monday benchmark.


Mercedes were also far from unhappy with their day’s work. With Hamilton again splitting driving duties with new team mate Valtteri Bottas, they completed 168 laps between them.


After technical issues stymied Daniel Ricciardo’s first day in Red Bull’s RB13 on Monday, team mate Max Verstappen had a smoother ride of things, the Dutchman putting 89 laps on the new Renault-powered machine as he set the day’s third fastest time.


There was another strong showing from Haas and Kevin Magnussen in the VF-17, which achieved a highly impressive 118 laps as well as very respectable fourth place, all but matching Verstappen’s time.


Esteban Ocon made his first track appearance as a Force India race driver. Technical problems stopped the Frenchman out on circuit in the morning, but in the afternoon he displayed excellent pace in the Mercedes-powered VJM10 as he went fifth quickest overall.


Renault’s Jolyon Palmer managed just a single installation lap in the morning session, but the Briton recovered to rack up the mileage on the new R.S.17 in the afternoon. The result was a lap total of 53 and eighth place on the timesheet.


At Sauber, Ferrari third driver Antonio Giovinazzi made his official F1 test debut, standing in for the injured Pascal Wehrlein. He racked up 67 laps en route to ninth place.


It was another troubled session for McLaren, with further technical woes forcing the team to make their second Honda power unit change in as many days. It meant Stoffel Vandoorne’s first outing in the MCL32 totalled 40 laps, with the Belgian 10th in the times.


Source: formula.com