Ferrari were quickest on the second day of testing at the Circuit de Catalunya as Kimi Raikkonen put over 100 laps on the SF70H.
There was little to choose between them and Mercedes at the top of the times sheet on day two. Yesterday’s pace setter Lewis Hamilton, who only drove the W08 in the morning, ended up 0.023s off the Ferrari.
Red Bull enjoyed a more productive day with Max Verstappen at the wheel. He finished the day over a second off the top two.
He was just four thousandths ahead of Kevin Magnussen, who gave Haas some encouragement with the fourth-quickest time. Following his crash yesterday, Magnussen was the busiest driver on the track today.
Valtteri Bottas took over the Mercedes in the afternoon for a race simulation exercise. This was briefly interrupted by a lurid, high-speed spin at turn nine from which he emerged unscathed.
It was another frustrating day for McLaren. Stoffel Vandoorne came to a stop at the pit lane entrance early in the day and has to be pushed to the garage by his mechanics.
As had been the case for Fernando Alonso 24 hours earlier, a complete change of power unit was required. Vandoorne eventually completed 37 laps, just eight more than his team mate had managed.
The only driver beneath him on the times sheets was Williams newcomer Lance Stroll. A high-speed spin into the turn nine gravel trap on his 12th lap as an F1 driver left the FW40 with front wing damage which the team were unable to remedy at the track due to a lack of spares.
|Pos.||Car number||Driver||Team||Model||Best time||Gap||Laps|
|3||33||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||RB13||1’22.200||1.240||89|
|5||31||Esteban Ocon||Force India||VJM10||1’22.509||1.549||86|
|6||26||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso||STR12||1’22.956||1.996||68|
2017 F1 season
- Stripping Verstappen of 2017 US podium was “one of the toughest decisions” – steward
- Sepang pays Haas compensation for Grosjean’s 2017 crash
- Williams revenues rose in 2017 after Bottas deal with Mercedes
- New kerbs at COTA in response to Verstappen’s corner-cutting
- Australian Grand Prix cost government £56 million last year