Kimi Raikkonen, Alfa Romeo, Circuit de Catalunya, 2020

Raikkonen quickest before stopping, while electrical fault halts Mercedes

2020 F1 season

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Kimi Raikkonen set the fastest time of the second day of testing, lapping a tenth of a second slower than Lewis Hamilton’s benchmark time from yesterday.

[f1tv2020testa]The Alfa Romeo driver put more than two grand prix distances on his C39, as did six of the drivers in action at the Circuit de Catalunya today. But Raikkonen also caused the first red flag of the entire test 17 minutes from the scheduled end after coming to a stop approaching turn nine.

Sergio Perez, quickest in the morning, ended up second overall, covering 144 laps. Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo was third, sharing the car with Esteban Ocon again, but the RS20 was the only car which covered less than 100 laps.

After a steady start while he got his seat to his liking, Alexander Albon managed 132 laps and the fourth-fastest time. Busiest of all was Romain Grosjean, who managed 158 laps in his Haas despite losing time when he went into a barrier backwards, damaging his rear wing.

The Mercedes drivers mustered 183 laps between them, and caught the attention of the paddock when Lewis Hamilton was spotted using the team’s new ‘DAS’ device, which appears to allow the drivers to adjust the toe angle of their front wheels.

The afternoon didn’t go as smoothly for bValtteri Bottas, who had to jump out of the W11 in the pits when an electrical problem was detected. His car was pushed into the garage where it was isolated.

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2020 testing day two lap times

Pos.Car numberDriverTeamModelBest timeGapLapsTyres
17Kimi RaikkonenAlfa RomeoC391’17.091135C5
211Sergio PerezRacing PointRP191’17.3470.256145C3
33Daniel RicciardoRenaultRS201’17.7490.65841C3
410Alexander AlbonRed BullRB161’17.9120.821134C2
510Pierre GaslyAlphaTauriAT011’18.1211.030147C2
65Sebastian VettelFerrariSF10001’18.1541.06373C4
763George RussellWilliamsFW431’18.2661.175116C3
816Charles LeclercFerrariSF10001’18.3351.24449C3
944Lewis HamiltonMercedesW111’18.3871.296106C1
104Lando NorrisMcLarenMCL351’18.4741.383137C3
118Romain GrosjeanHaasVF-201’18.4961.405158C3
1231Esteban OconRenaultRS201’18.5571.46652C2
1377Valtteri BottasMercedesW111’19.3072.21677C2

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10 comments on “Raikkonen quickest before stopping, while electrical fault halts Mercedes”

  1. I know, its kinda early but KIMI WDC 2020 OMG 😍😍😍

    1. King Kimi – so it is decreed. Choc ices all round.

      1. Yeah, but compare his tires…. were those the super softs?

  2. Yup, Alfa’s still the best looking.

  3. Hamilton did 1.16.9 yesterday on hard tyres and on 14 lap stint (on the first lap of it).
    Today Mercedes clocked 183 laps.
    I’m fully aware stil waay early, but that is very impressive.

  4. On C5. Hamilton was faster on C2 yesterday. Just says how slow new Alfa Romeo is. And Red Bull is a full second slower than Mercedes on C2.
    They sure not racing each other, but Kvyat was only 0.2 sec behind Verstappen on harder compound yesterday. Gasly is half a second slower on same compound today.

    1. @regs Calm down, it’s only the second day of testing. It doesn’t say anything about how slow the Alfa or the Red Bull or anyone is. You’re acting like these are the fastets lap times the cars are capable of. You can expect everyone to go way faster than this, maybe even a few seconds faster. Even Williams.

  5. Any news why Kimi’s car stopped? Did they run it out of fuel or something actually broke?

    1. It was a fuel tank capacity test, usually done at end of the day.

  6. Surprise surprise.

    Romain Grosjean became the first driver to crash in 2020.

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