Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Pre-Season Test #1 - Day #2 - RE-CAP & TIMES


    Sebastian Vettel finished fastest in the second day of preseason testing at the Circuit de Catalunya.

    Low temperatures limited running across the field – especially in the morning session – but the Ferrari driver managed a total of 98 laps over the course of the day.

    Vettel enjoyed a quiet morning, but put in a series of strong laps at the start of the afternoon and jumped to the top of the timings, knocking off Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas in the process.

    A small spin at turn two brought out the red flag when he brought debris onto the track, but Vettel managed to get the Ferrari back to the pits without any help.

    He finished the day 0.3s faster than Bottas and Stoffel Vandoorne.

    The track was quiet for most of the morning, with only a handful of laps completed after the first hour.

    Things started to pick up just before midday when the track was at its warmest – with the lunch-break cancelled to allow for extra track time.

    That action was cut short when Charles Leclerc span at turn four and his Sauber was left stranded in the gravel. He spent the next two hours I the pits but eventually managed to get back out, ending the day 10th fastest, quicker only than the Haas of Kevin Magnussen.

    Max Verstappen’s running was hampered by a fuel leak early in the day. He made up for lost time when he did manage to get on track, ending the day fourth fastest with 67 laps.

    Carlos Sainz Jnr and Pierre Gasly took fifth and sixth.

    After limited running on the first day of testing, Sergey Sirotkin was back in the Williams in the morning session. The rookie put in a good number of laps considering the poor conditions before handing over to reserve driver Robert Kubica for the final three hours. The pair finished seventh and eighth quickest, with Kubica 0.327s faster than Sirotkin.

    Esteban Ocon finished ninth quickest in his first day of testing.


1. Sebastian Vettel - 1:19:673/ Ferrari-Ferrari / 98 Laps
2. Valtteri Bottas - 1:19.976 / Mercedes-Mercedes / 94 Laps
8. Stoffel Vandoorne – 1:20.325 / McLaren-Renault / 37 Laps
4. Max Verstappen – 1:20.326 / Red Bull Racing-TAG-Heuer / 67 Laps
5. Carlos Sainz - 1:21.212 / Renault-Renault / 65 Laps
6. Pierre Gasly – 1:21.318 / Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda / 82 Laps
7. Robert Kubica (PM) – 1:21.495 / Williams-Mercedes / 48 Laps
8. Sergey Sirotkin (AM) – 1:21.822 / Williams-Mercedes / 52 Laps
9. Esteban Ocon - 1:21.841 / Force India-Mercedes / 79 Laps
10. Charles Leclerc - 1:22.721 / Sauber-Ferrari / 81 Laps
11. Kevin Magnussen - 1:22.727 / Haas-Ferrari / 36 Laps

Article Written By: Bethonie Waring
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