Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, Circuit de Catalunya, 2019

Ferrari and McLaren at the top again on day two

2019 F1 season

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There was a familiar look to the top three at the end of the second day of testing for the 2019 F1 season at the Circuit de Catalunya. As on Monday, Ferrari led McLaren and Haas.

Charles Leclerc, Lando Norris and Kevin Magnussen took over from their team mates on the second day of the test. The Ferrari and McLaren drivers logged over 100 laps each, Norris posting a late flier with two minutes remaining to end the test three-tenths of a second shy of the SF90.

Magnussen had to call time on his first day of testing early as an ill-fitting seat was causing him pain. Haas test driver Pietro Fittipaldi took over the VF-19 for the rest of the day. In a change to the team’s previous plan, he will continue driving tomorrow morning before handing over to Romain Grosjean for the afternoon.

Alexander Albon had a troubled start to his first full day of testing in an F1 car. He spun off at the exit of turn four in an incident team principal Franz Tost blamed on an overnight change to the STR14’s steering set-up. Despite that problem and a further spin later in the day, Albon covered more kilometres than any driver bar his former Formula 2 rival Leclerc.

Mercedes and Renault continued to divide their cars between two drivers, the former this time managing to cover slightly more ground than rivals Ferrari. However Renault’s day was disrupted when Daniel Ricciardo’s rear wing failed on the main straight, which luckily resulted in no worse than a high-speed spin.

Only the Mercedes customer teams failed to break the 80 second barrier around the Spanish Grand Prix venue. Lance Stroll was 11th fastest as he sampled the Racing Point RP19 for the first time, but logged a useful 79 laps after the team’s sluggish start to testing on Monday.

Williams, meanwhile, have still not managed to get their new car to the track. The latest updated from the team indicated the FW42 is unlikely to run until tomorrow afternoon.

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2019 pre-season test day two lap times

Pos.Car numberDriverTeamModelBest timeGapLapsTyres
116Charles LeclercFerrariSF901’18.247157C3
24Lando NorrisMcLarenMCL341’18.5530.306104C4
320Kevin MagnussenHaasVF-191’19.2060.95959C3
423Alexander AlbonToro RossoSTR141’19.3011.054132C4
599Antonio GiovinazziAlfa RomeoC381’19.3121.065101C4
677Valtteri BottasMercedesW101’19.5351.28889C3
710Pierre GaslyRed BullRB151’19.8141.56792C3
827Nico HulkenbergRenaultRS191’19.8371.59095C3
93Daniel RicciardoRenaultRS191’19.8861.63928C3
1044Lewis HamiltonMercedesW101’19.9281.68174C3
1118Lance StrollRacing PointRP191’20.4332.18679C3
1251Pietro FittipaldiHaasVF-191’21.4893.24213C3

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  • 15 comments on “Ferrari and McLaren at the top again on day two”

    1. Max Chilton wants his number 4 back!
      Is that the first time a number’s been re-used?

      1. No. Hartley ran 28 and so did Will Stevens. Gasly is running 10 and so did Kamui Kobayashi. There are other examples, but I can’t remember them at the moment.

        1. @geemac @bullfrog Gio uses 99, which originally was Adrian Sutil’s race number, while Kubica uses Rio Haryanto’s original number of 88.

    2. Sounds so much like 2007 and 2008 ! Ferrari and McLaren..

      Until the season begins

    3. A pain in the Haas for Magnussen, but a plum position for Pietro.

      1. Well done mr Cooper….well done indeed….clap clap clap….

    4. So far it seems like McLaren have made huge progress from last year. Racking a proper amount of laps and posting good timings. I haven’t seen which compound Norris used to set that time though, but it’s still a good sign. They won’t be near the Top 3 for sure, but we seem to be up for an amazing midfield battle this year

      1. I believe he used C4

    5. He had a very decent time runnign the C3 tyre as well. All is not lost yet it would seem :) #FearlesslyForward

    6. This will never happen but wouldnt we be shocked if Williams rolled out some crazy design no one thought of and on the first day are the fastest in testing and they just needed more time to finish working on the crazy loop hole they found last min in the rules. They will win the championship with 3 races to go and Kubica will have his F1 championship everyone thought he would get one day ….. We can all dream cant we??

      1. Well, Brawn gp turned up a few days late for testing 10 years ago :)

      2. In your story does Donald Trump get impeached and Brexit get reversed too?

        1. He said dream, not a nightmare!!!

          1. Let’s play “Spot the troll”

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