2018 F1 testing: Vettel fastest on Day 2

28th Feb 2018 4:30 pm

Verstappen lost out on morning running due to a minor fuel leak, while an exhaust problem limited Vandoorne’s tally of laps to just 37.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel set the fastest time of 2018 Formula 1 testing so far on the second day of running at Barcelona.

The majority of the teams avoided doing any significant mileage during the morning due to low temperatures, with the track only starting to get busy shortly before midday. Valtteri Bottas was the first driver to post meaningful lap times to kick that spell of activity off, although he was briefly usurped by Stoffel Vandoorne's McLaren on a set of the new hypersoft tyres.
The Mercedes, running soft tyres at the time, responded to occupy the top spot, with track running continuing as the lunch break was removed to allow teams to recoup mileage lost to the cold weather.

Of his three attempts, with cool-down laps in between, Vettel got into the 1m19s with the first two, ending the day fastest with a 1m19.673s. Bottas then switched to the harder medium-compound tyre and joined Vettel in getting under 1m20s to finish up 0.303s down on the Ferrari.
Vandoorne's hypersoft time from the morning remained good enough for third place, just 0.001s faster than Max Verstappen managed on mediums. But after stopping for lunch following a red flag caused by Sauber rookie Charles Leclerc spinning at Turn 4, McLaren did not return to the track for the rest of the day due to an issue with the exhaust clip, with Vandoorne's tally of laps limited to just 37.

Verstappen also had his day hampered when he lost the morning running to a minor fuel leak, but he completed a relatively busy afternoon programme to end the day with 67 laps in fourth place. Carlos Sainz Jr and Pierre Gasly were next up, the latter managing 82 laps as Honda and Toro Rosso enjoyed another productive day, with Robert Kubica seventh for Williams on his first appearance of 2018. Kubica took over from Sergey Sirotkin – the man who beat him to a race drive with the team – and ended the day 0.327s faster than the Russian after completing a series of soft-tyre runs in the afternoon.

Ferrari customers Sauber and Haas brought up the rear of the field with Leclerc – who managed 81 laps despite his Turn 4 mishap – and Kevin Magnussen, who only managed limited running, including a narrow escape when he slid off the road at Turn 4 and just managed to avoid the barrier after a trip through the gravel.

The only other red flag of the day was caused by Vettel, who spun at Turn 1. He managed to get going without assistance and returned to the pits with the car in one piece, but the session was stopped to allow the track to be cleaned after he dragged gravel with him as he rejoined.

A turn in the weather led to a quiet final hour, with reports of snow in some areas of the circuit resulting in teams either stopping their programmes entirely or switching to short runs on the intermediate or wet tyres.
 

Day 2 test times

POS

DRIVER

CAR

TIME

GAP

LAPS

1

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari

1m19.673s

-

98

2

Valtteri Bottas

Mercedes

1m19.976s

0.303s

94

3

Stoffel Vandoorne

McLaren/Renault

1m20.325s

0.652s

37

4

Max Verstappen

Red Bull/Renault

1m20.326s

0.653s

67

5

Carlos Sainz

Renault

1m21.212s

1.539s

65

6

Pierre Gasly

Toro Rosso/Honda

1m21.318s

1.645s

82

7

Robert Kubica

Williams/Mercedes

1m21.495s

1.822s

48

8

Sergey Sirotkin

Williams/Mercedes

1m21.822s

2.149s

52

9

Esteban Ocon

Force India/Mercedes

1m21.841s

2.168s

79

10

Charles Leclerc

Sauber/Ferrari

1m22.721s

3.048s

81

11

Kevin Magnussen

Haas/Ferrari

1m22.727s

3.054s

3

 

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