Drivers concluded two days of running on Pirelli’s new tyre selection for 2019 – which is numbered one, two, three, four and five – and its 2018 compounds for reference. Leclerc ended the test with the quickest time overall, three-tenths quicker than Vettel managed yesterday.
Pierre Gasly was second-fastest on his first run for Red Bull since replacing Daniel Ricciardo. Lance Stroll spent a full day driving for Force India, who are expected to formally confirm him as Sergio Perez’s team mate for next season.
Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat returned to the team for the first time since being cut from their line-up last season.
Haas ran test driver Louis Deletraz, who had a spin early in the session without hitting anything.
|Pos.||Car number||Driver||Team||Model||Best time||Gap||Laps||Tyres|
|1||16||Charles Leclerc||Ferrari||SF71H||1’36.450||135||2019 compound 5|
|2||10||Pierre Gasly||Red Bull||RB14||1’37.916||1.466||129||2019 compound 5|
|3||18||Lance Stroll||Force India||VJM11||1’38.044||1.594||122||2018 hyper-soft|
|4||77||Valtteri Bottas||Mercedes||W09||1’38.448||1.998||143||2019 compound 5|
|5||55||Carlos Sainz Jnr||McLaren||MCL33||1’38.547||2.097||150||2019 compound 5|
|6||46||Artem Markelov||Renault||RS18||1’38.590||2.140||129||2018 hyper-soft|
|7||63||George Russell||Williams||FW41||1’38.802||2.352||55||2018 hyper-soft|
|8||26||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso||STR13||1’38.862||2.412||155||2019 compound 5|
|9||50||Louis Deletraz||Haas||VF-18||1’39.069||2.619||117||2019 compound 5|
|10||36||Antonio Giovinazzi||Sauber||C37||1’40.435||3.985||128||2019 compound 5|
|11||40||Robert Kubica||Williams||FW41||1’44.208||7.758||39||2019 compound 5|
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