2018 F1 test two: Vettel tops Day 3 for Ferrari

    Vettel sets a new unofficial lap record around the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, with a blistering time of 1m17.182s.

    Published On Mar 09, 2018 03:16:00 PM

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    2018 F1 test two: Vettel tops Day 3 for Ferrari

    Sebastian Vettel put Ferrari on top by over a second on the penultimate day of pre-season Formula 1 testing at Barcelona, as nobody got close to his unofficial lap record.

    The Ferrari driver's morning hypersoft effort of 1m17.182s stood as the day's quickest by 1.178sec, as teams elected to focus largely on long-run pace in the afternoon session. That meant most of the times from the morning did not change in the afternoon, with Haas driver Kevin Magnussen using supersofts to end up second-fastest ahead of a slew of hypersoft runners.

    Toro Rosso's Pierre Gasly equipped the hypersofts in the final hour to move up to third, just 0.003sec behind Magnussen; Carlos Sainz did likewise and went fifth, behind Renault teammate Nico Hulkenberg.

    Stoffel Vandoorne was sixth-quickest on the strength of his morning time, as McLaren finally got serious mileage this week, clocking 151 laps. Vandoorne finished one place ahead of Marcus Ericsson, who caused the day's sole stoppage when he spun his Sauber at Turn 4 with just over an hour left on the clock.

    The otherwise uninterrupted running allowed teams to rack up impressive lap counts. Max Verstappen focused on race simulations and was second-slowest, but the Red Bull driver's 187-lap tally was only beaten by Vettel, who only reached 188 laps with bonus circulation after the chequered flag while conducting practice starts.

    Gasly (169), Force India's Sergio Perez (159 laps) and Magnussen (153) all hit a century and a half, while Mercedes reached a combined tally of 181 across Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.

    Hamilton got ahead of Bottas on a long run on medium tyres late in the afternoon.

    Lance Stroll focused on long runs again and was slowest of all, having taken over the Williams from Robert Kubica for the afternoon session.

    Test two, day three times

    POS

    DRIVER

    CAR

    TIME

    GAP

    LAPS

    1

    Sebastian Vettel

    Ferrari

    1m17.182s

    -

    188

    2

    Kevin Magnussen

    Haas/Ferrari

    1m18.360s

    1.178s

    153

    3

    Pierre Gasly

    Toro Rosso/Honda

    1m18.363s

    1.181s

    169

    4

    Nico Hulkenberg

    Renault

    1m18.675s

    1.493s

    79

    5

    Carlos Sainz

    Renault

    1m18.725s

    1.543s

    69

    6

    Stoffel Vandoorne

    McLaren/Renault

    1m18.855s

    1.673s

    151

    7

    Marcus Ericsson

    Sauber/Ferrari

    1m19.244s

    2.062s

    148

    8

    Lewis Hamilton

    Mercedes

    1m19.296s

    2.114s

    84

    9

    Valtteri Bottas

    Mercedes

    1m19.532s

    2.350s

    97

    10

    Robert Kubica

    Williams/Mercedes

    1m19.629s

    2.447s

    73

    11

    Sergio Perez

    Force India/Mercedes

    1m19.634s

    2.452s

    159

    12

    Max Verstappen

    Red Bull/Renault

    1m19.842s

    2.660s

    187

    13

    Lance Stroll

    Williams/Mercedes

    1m20.262s

    3.080s

    67

     

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