VETTEL FASTEST, McLAREN IN TROUBLE - FORMULA 1

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

VETTEL FASTEST, McLAREN IN TROUBLE

Sebastian Vettel set fastest time on the opening day of the second pre-season test at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, but there were problems for the McLaren, Red Bull and Toro Rosso that restricted teams running.

Vettel racked up an impressive one hundred and seventy-one laps on Tuesday, with the Scuderia Ferrari driver setting the best lap of the day of 1:20.396s, which was 0.200 seconds clear of Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport’s Valtteri Bottas.
Stoffel Vandoorne suffered a power shutdown at the end of his installation lap at the beginning of the day, then an hour later came to a halt exiting the final corner with a similar problem. McLaren got him out in time for three laps at the end of the morning, but his afternoon running was cut short by a hydraulics problem with just 38 laps to the MCL33's name.

Max Verstappen's Red Bull split the two Mercedes drivers in third with his morning time, and though his afternoon was hampered when he stopped at Turn 1 with an hour and a half to go he was able to return to the track for the final 15 minutes.

Gasly ended up best of the rest behind the big three in fifth but endured a mixed day as Toro Rosso suffered its first real trouble of pre-season testing with Honda with a brake system issue.
BARCELONA II TEST, DAY 1 RESULTS
P.DRIVERTEAMTIMEGAP/TIRES
1Sebastian VettelFerrari1:20.396/ (Me, 171)
2Valtteri BottasMercedes AMG1:20.596+ 0.200 (S,86)
3Max VerstappenRed Bull1:20.649+ 0.253 (Me,130)
4Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG1:20.808+ 0.412 (S,91)
5Pierre GaslyToro Rosso1:20.973+ 0.577 (S,54)
6Kevin MagnussenHaas1:21.298+ 0.902 (S,96)
7Nico HulkenbergRenault1:21.432+ 1.036 (Me,48)
8Carlos Sainz JR.Renault1:21.455+ 1.059 (S,91)
9Sergey SirotkinWilliams1:21.588+ 1.192 (S,42)
10Sergio PerezForce India1:21.643+ 1.247 (S,93)
11Marcus EricssonSauber1:21.706+ 1.310 (SS,120)
12Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren1:21.946+ 1.550 (SS,38)
13Lance StrollWilliams1:22.937+ 2.541 (S,86)
HS - HyperSoft US - UltraSoft SS - SuperSoft
S - Soft Me - Medium
H - Hard SH - SuperHard
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