Barcelona Test: Bottas ends day two on top
Williams driver Valtteri Bottas topped the timing sheets at the end of day two of the second Barcelona Formula 1 test with reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton second fastest in the Mercedes and Kevin Magnussen third in the Renault.
Both Bottas and Magnussen set their best times with Pirelli Supersofts bolted on to their cars, while Hamilton’s best was on a set of Softs. Bottas’ best time 1:23.261 was three tenths up on the Mercedes driver who shared duties on the day with teammate Nico Rosberg.
The German sticking to race simulations on Mediums. He was ninth fastest as the Silver Arrows pair racked up 164 laps collectively.
Sebastian Vettel was fourth fastest in the Ferrari and best of the drivers who ran Pirelli Mediums on the day, with 151 laps to his credit.
Fifth fastest was Jenson Button who set his time with a set of Softs on his McLaren. He was 1.5 seconds down on Hamilton’s best lap set on similar rubber.
Daniel Ricciardo was second best of the drivers on the Medium Pirelli tyres, just shy of half a second down on Vettel – fastest of the drivers who used Mediums.
Carlos Sainz was seventh fastest and with 166 laps on his chart did more mileage than any of his rivals. Force India’s Sergio Perez was eighth on the timing sheets.
At the other end of the paddock, both Haas and Sauber suffered reliability problems.
Marcus Ericsson managed just seven laps in the morning session in the Sauber C35 He got going in the afternoon to rack up 55 laps in total but ended the day slowest of all the runners.
Esteban Gutierrez failed to register a lap time in the Haas due to a turbo charger problem which they had on the opening day and plagued them again on day two.
Report in progress…
Barcelona Test 2, Day 2 – Best Lap Times
|6.||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull||1:25.235||Medium||135|
|7.||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso||1:25.300||Medium||166|
|8.||Sergio Perez||Force India F1||1:25.593||Soft||128|
|10.||Pascal Wehrlein||Manor Racing||1:27.064||Soft||79|
|12.||Esteban Gutiérrez||Haas||no time||Medium||1|