FERRARI, RAIKKONEN ON TOP
Ferrari has topped the timesheets on day of the Formula 1 pre-season test at Barcelona, with Kimi Raikkonen finishing the day 0.02s ahead of the Mercedes of reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton.
Raikkonen clocked a 1:20.96s lap time on soft compound tyres, while Hamilton clocked the second best time on a set of super-softs.
Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen completed the top three in a trouble-free day that produced a best time 1.2s off Raikkonen’s pace on softs. Verstappen completed 89 laps during the day and finished 0.004s ahead of Haas F1’s new recruit Kevin Magnussen, completing 118 laps during the day.
McLaren and Williams both had troublesome days with McLaren forced to replace their second Honda engine for the test with Stoffel Vandoorne limited to 40 laps throughout the day as the team endured lengthy delays. William’s new recruit, Lance Stroll, had an incident causing significant damage that forced the team to abandon the day.
Force India’s Esteban Ocon finished ahead of Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kyvat, while eighth was a delayed Jolyon Palmer as his Renault team had reduced running earlier in the day.
Antonio Giovinazzi, standing in for Pascal Wehrlein, finished ninth ahead of Vandoorne and Stroll, in his Sauber.
Mercedes tested a revised version of its new T-wing, and with Valtteri Bottas at the wheel, it placed seventh for the day. Bottas ran the majority of the day for Mercedes, logging 102 out of 168 laps for the reigning world champions, but late in the day the Finn had a spin and tagged the wall.
Day three of F1 testing starts at approximately 7pm AEDT.
Date posted: March 1, 2017