MERCEDES AMG WITH FASTEST TIME AT CATALUNYA - FORMULA 1

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Friday, March 2, 2018

MERCEDES AMG WITH FASTEST TIME AT CATALUNYA

Reigning F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton went quickest on the final day of the first pre-season test ahead of the 2018 FIA Formula 1 campaign, beating Stoffel Vandoorne by half a second.

After a wet morning during which Mercedes’ W09 challenger was driven by Valtteri Bottas, Hamilton took over in the afternoon and used medium tyres to post a time of 1:19.333. That 0.521s clear of Vandoorne’s best which had been set on Pirelli’s new hypersoft tyres, one of seven dry compounds of offer this year. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was third quickest with a time of 1:20.214 set on soft tyres, while Haas’ Kevin Magnussen was eight hundredths of a second further back in fourth place with a lap set on supersoft tyres.

While most drivers took the circuit in the wet conditions in the morning, Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen was a notable absentee, with the Renault-powered team choosing to wait until the track dried before sending the Dutchman out. But when he did take to the track Verstappen’s outing was a stop-start affair as mechanical gremlins affected his progress and then, later on, he suffered an off at Turn 12 which left him beached in the gravel. The car was recovered but Verstappen sat out the remainder of the session and completed just 35 laps all day.

After limited mileage in the early part of the week, McLaren enjoyed a solid final day in Barcelona. Second-placed Vandoorne handed over to team-mate Fernando Alonso in the afternoon and the Spaniard added a further 51 laps to Vandoorne’s 110 for the day’s biggest team lap total. However, the individual honours went to Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly, with the French driver posting a total of 147 laps to round out a enviably reliable test for the Honda-powered team.

F1 teams now have a four-day break from track action before the final pre-season test starts at the same venue on Tuesday.

FOURTH TEST DAY, RESULTS
P.DRIVERTEAMTIMEGAP/TIRES
1Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG1:19.333/ (Me, 69)
2Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren1:19.854+ 0.521 (HS,110)
3Sebastian VettelFerrari1:20.241+ 0.908 (S,120)
4Kevin MagnussenHaas1:20.317+ 0.984 (SS,96)
5Fernando AlonsoMcLaren1:20.929+ 1.596 (SS,51)
6Carlos Sainz JR.Renault1:20.940+ 1.607 (Me,60)
7Lance StrollWilliams1:21.142+ 1.809 (S,54)
8Sergio PerezForce India1:21.973+ 2.640 (S,65)
9Max VerstappenRed Bull1:22.058+ 2.725 (S,35)
10Pierre GaslyТоро Росо1:22.134+ 2.801 (SS,147)
11Nico HulkenbergRenault1:22.507+ 3.174 (S,49)
12Valtteri BottasMercedes AMG1:22.789+ 3.456 (Me,60)
13Charles LeclercSauber1:22.808+ 3.475 (S,59)
14Marcus EricssonSauber1:23.825+ 4.492 (SS,79)
15Sergey SirotkinWilliams1:31.979+ 12.646 (I,47)
HS - HyperSoft US - UltraSoft SS - SuperSoft
S - Soft Ме - Medium
H - Hard SH - SuperHard
I - Intermedia

SUMMARY RESULTS FROM LAST YEAR TEST SESSION

P.DRIVERTEAMTIMEGAP/TIRES
1Valtteri BottasMercedes AMG1:19.705/ (US)
2Sebastian VettelFerrari1:19.952+ 0.247 (S)
3Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1:20.872+ 1.167 (S)
4Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG1:20.983+ 1.278 (SS)
5Daniel RicciardoRed Bull1:21.153+ 1.448 (S)
6Jolyon PalmerRenault1:21.369+ 1.664 (S)
7Max VerstappenRed Bull1:21.769+ 2.064 (S)
8Nico HulkenbergRenault1:21.791+ 2.086 (S)
9Marcus EricssonSauber1:21.824+ 2.119 (SS)
10Felipe MassaWilliams1:22.076+ 2.371 (Me)
11Romain GrosjeanHaas1:22.118+ 2.415 (SS)
12Kevin MagnussenHaas1:22.204+ 2.499 (SS)
13Lance StrollWilliams1:22.351+ 2.646 (S)
14Antonio GiovinacciSauber1:22.401+ 2.696 (US)
15Esteban OconForce India1:22.509+ 2.804 (SS)
16Sergio PerezForce India1:22.534+ 2.829 (SS)
17Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren1:22.576+ 2.871 (US)
18Fernando AlonsoMcLaren1:22.598+ 2.893 (US)
19Daniil KvyatToro Rosso1:22.956+ 3.251 (S)
20Carlos Sainz JR.Toro Rosso1:23.540+ 3.835 (Ме)
21Alfonso CelisForce India1:23.568+ 3.863 (SS)
US - UltraSoft SS - SuperSoft S - Soft Me - Medium