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Video: Ferrari bounces back as Leclerc sets fastest time of testing

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.

Video: Mercedes delivers more pace while Hulkenberg ends on top

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 landmark video in Formula 1’s online revolution

One of Formula 1’s most crippling weaknesses over recent years has been the series’ inability to utilise the growing tool that is social media and the World Wide Web. The internet has eclipsed television as the location in which to showcase a sport and F1 had fallen significantly behind the curve during the Ecclestone-era.

Fortunately, Liberty Media has acknowledged the need to embrace the new age of media consumption. On Tuesday, the 2001 Malaysian Grand Prix was uploaded – in full – to the official F1 YouTube channel and will be freely available to view for 19 days.

Jos Verstappen

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