Sebastian Vettel conclusively led the penultimate day of pre-season testing at the Circuit de Catalunya, lapping over a second quicker than anyone else and further lowering the unofficial record time for the track.
The Ferrari driver set a new best time of the test so far with a lap of 1’17.182, nine-tenths of a second quicker than the previous benchmark set by Daniel Ricciardo. On what is slated to be his final day in the car before the Australian Grand Prix, Vettel completed 188 laps, the most of any driver today.
Red Bull and Mercedes focused their energies on long runs and never looked like putting a performance run together. He was matched by Max Verstappen did 187 laps and was almost at the bottom of the table. while the W09 drivers were just inside the top 10.
Kevin Magnussen made it two Ferrari-powered cars in the top two by setting the best time of the session so far for Haas. He was alsmost displaced by Pierre Gasly late in the session, the Toro Rosso driver falling short by three-thousandths of a second.
McLaren bounched back from their disrupted Tuesday to complete 149 laps with Stoffel Vandoorne. This was despite a brief delay in the morning while the team scrutinised his data closely as they suspected a problem, before the MCL33 was sent back onto the track.
The only red flag of the day was caused by Marcus Ericsson when he spun his Sauber at turn four during the afternoon.
|Pos.||Car number||Driver||Team||Model||Best time||Gap||Laps||Tyres|
|3||10||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso||STR13||1’18.363||1.181||169||Hyper-soft|
|5||55||Carlos Sainz Jnr||Renault||RS18||1’18.725||1.543||19||Hyper-soft|
|11||11||Sergio Perez||Force India||VJM11||1’19.634||2.452||159||Hyper-soft|
|12||33||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||RB14||1’19.842||2.660||187||Soft|
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