PRE-SEASON TEST #2 - DAY #1 - RE-CAP & TIMES
The Ferrari driver set his fastest time of the day with medium tyres in the morning session, his 1m20.396s lap two tenths of a second faster than Valtteri Bottas, who led for most of the morning.
McLaren’s misery continued as Stoffel Vandoorne came to a stop due to a power shut down just one hour into the morning, bringing out the first red flag of the week.
He spent most of the morning in the pits but managed a handful of laps just before the lunch break to take his lap count to seven.
Hoping to make up for lost time, Vandoorne was the first man out I the afternoon and managed to triple his lap count before coming to a stop two hours into the session with a similar problem.
He managed a total of 38 laps over the course of the day and was 12th fastest from 13 drivers.
McLaren wasn’t the only team with problems. Pierre Gasly spent most of the afternoon in the pits due to a brake system issue and Kevin Magnussen’s running was restricted due to a possible ERS component problem.
A last minute driver change put Max Verstappen in the Red Bull to start the week. After a difficult week one, Red Bull seemed to be back in control, managing 130 laps – second only to Vettel’s 171 laps – and third fastest.
Lewis Hamilton was the fastest man to only run in the afternoon. He finished fourth overall, ahead of Gasly and Magnussen.
Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz took seventh and eighth, though Renault warned Sainz was aiming for a race distance in his session rather than lap time.
The Williams’ duo were also sharing duties in the first day of the second test. Sergey Sirotkin, who was running in the faster morning session, finished ninth quickest, ahead of Sergio Perez and Marcus Ericsson.
Lance Stroll took over for the afternoon, finishing at the bottom of the timings but with over 80 laps.
1. Sebastian Vettel - 1:20:396 / Ferrari-Ferrari / 171 Laps
2. Valtteri Bottas (AM) – 1:20.596 / Mercedes-Mercedes / 86 Laps
3. Max Verstappen – 1:20.649 / Red Bull Racing-TAG-Heuer / 130 Laps
4. Lewis Hamilton (PM) – 1:20.808 / Mercedes-Mercedes / 91 Laps
5. Pierre Gasly – 1:20.973 / Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda / 54 Laps
6. Kevin Magnussen - 1:21.298 / Haas-Ferrari / 96 Laps
7. Nico Hulkenberg (AM) – 1:21.432 / Renault-Renault / 48 Laps
8. Carlos Sainz (PM) - 1:21.455 / Renault-Renault / 91 Laps
9. Sergey Sirotkin (AM) – 1:21.588 / Williams-Mercedes / 42 Laps
10. Sergio Perez - 1:21.643 / Force India-Mercedes / 93 Laps
11. Marcus Ericsson – 1:21.706 / Sauber-Ferrari / 120 Laps
12. Stoffel Vandoorne – 1:21.946 / McLaren-Renault / 38 Laps
13. Lance Stroll (PM) – 1:22.937 / Williams-Mercedes / 86 Laps
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