Charles Leclerc propelled Ferrari back to the top of the Formula 1 testing timesheet, with a benchmark just 0.006 seconds slower than Lewis Hamilton’s 2018 Spanish Grand Prix pole time.
Meanwhile, speculation swells regarding the prospect of Mercedes running two concepts for their W10 during the season…
Here is a round-up of the major stories on the penultimate day of 2019 pre-season testing.
Carlos Sainz Jr topped the timesheet for McLaren on the second day of the second pre-season test at the Circuit de Barcelona.
However, the big story of the day concerned Ferrari after Sebastian Vettel was pitched into the barriers by a mechanical failure in the morning.
The proposed 2019 front-runners lost the majority of the day to the follow up investigation.
Here is a full review of each and every team’s day.
McLaren rookie Lando Norris was fastest on the first day of the second Formula 1 pre-season test at the Circuit de Barcelona, despite finding reliability issues.
Equipped with the C5 tyres – the softest compound in Pirelli’s range – Norris posted a 1m17.709s time to edge Red Bull’s Pierre Gasly off of top spot.
Soon after vaulting to the top of the times, Norris stopped on track for the second time in the day. The first was caused by a hydraulic problem on the MCL34 before lunch.
Both Ferrari and Mercedes’ mileage was hampered, as the Scuderia completed cooling checks in the morning, while Valtteri Bottas stopped on track with an oil pressure problem after just one lap at the start of the afternoon session.
Here is a full round up of how all 10 teams fared on the first day of the second test.
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February 27, 2019
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Nico Hulkenberg topped the timesheet on the fourth and final day of pre-season testing at the Circuit de Barcelona, while Mercedes begins to show more performance.
Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton ran the C5 and C4 tyres respectively, to secure fourth and fifth on the timesheet in the W10.
The reigning constructors’ champions’ technical director James Allison had said prior to Thursday’s running that the team would focus on “a little bit of performance.”
Here is a video rounding up how each and every team fared on day four of the opening test.
A late lap from Daniil Kvyat propelled Toro Rosso to the top of the timesheet of day three of Formula 1 pre-season testing at the Circuit de Barcelona.
Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen had seem set to hold onto top spot after having lead the times since the end of the morning session.
However, in the final 10 minutes of running, Kvyat recorded a 1m17.704s to edge Raikkonen’s benchmark by 0.058s.
Below is a video providing analysis of all 10 teams’ day three in Barcelona.
Ferrari newcomer Charles Leclerc topped the timesheet in the second day of Formula 1 2019 pre-season testing, with McLaren once again occupying second-place.
Mercedes once again floated under the radar, with the team performing aero tests and long runs with the most mileage recorded by any team on Tuesday.
Watch the video below for my round-up of the second day of running.
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel hit the ground running in the first day of 2019 Formula 1 pre-season testing at the Circuit de Barcelona, topping the timesheet and clocking the most laps en route.
Vettel notched a total of 169 laps during the eight hours of running on the first of eight days of pre-season running.
Watch the video below for a full review of the first day of pre-season testing, covering all the storylines from all 10 teams.