VETTEL WITH NEW CIRCUIT RECORD, THAT DON`T MEAN MUCH - FORMULA 1

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

VETTEL WITH NEW CIRCUIT RECORD, THAT DON`T MEAN MUCH

For the second consecutive day, the unofficial lap record around the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya was broken during pre-season testing, with Sebastian Vettel becoming the first driver to ever set a time underneath seventy-eight seconds, with his best lap more than a second clear of anyone else.

The Ferrari driver clocked an impressive 188 laps, which is just 10 laps shy of three Spanish Grand Prix race distances, as team focused on gathering vital long run data after lunch. Red Bull's Max Verstappen was second in individual mileage charts with 187 on the board but down in 12th in terms of lap time.

Kevin Magnussen was second quickest for Haas with Pierre Gasly bolting on the hypersofts late in the day to vault up to third in the Toro Rosso. The Renault Sport Formula One Team again split their day between their two race drivers, with Nico Hülkenberg and Carlos Sainz Jr. ending fourth and fifth fastest respectively, with the duo completing one hundred and forty-eight laps between them
The McLaren F1 Team had by far their most positive day of pre-season testing so far, with Stoffel Vandoorne completing one hundred and fifty-one laps in the MCL33, with his best time good enough for sixth fastest. Hamilton got ahead of Bottas on a long run on medium tyres late in the afternoon.

It is difficult to read into headline times at pre-season testing given there are too many unknown variables, such as fuel loads, however the more laps teams can do, the better they can understand their new cars ahead of the new season. So, Don't get fooled by Vettels lap record on hypersofts. Bottas race simulation this morning was around 1 second per lap quicker than Vettel and Verstappen in the afternoon.
Yesterday was Red Bull's day, today Ferrari, so it's time for tomorrow on the final test day before the start of the 2018 season and Mercedes AMG to unlock the full potential of W09.
BARCELONA II TEST, DAY 3 RESULTS
P.DRIVERTEAMTIMEGAP/TIRES
1Sebastian VettelFerrari1:17.182/ (HS, 188)
2Kevin MagnussenHaas1:18.360+ 1.178 (SS,153)
3Pierre GaslyToro Rosso1:18.363+ 1.181 (HS,169)
4Nico HulkenbergRenault1:18.675+ 1.493 (HS,79)
5Carlos Sainz JR.Renault1:18.725+ 1.543 (HS,69)
6Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren1:18.855+ 1.673 (HS,151)
7Marcus EricssonSauber1:19.244+ 2.062 (HS,148)
8Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG1:19.296+ 2.114 (Mе,84)
9Valtteri BottasMercedes AMG1:19.532+ 2.350 (Mе,97)
10Robert KubicaWilliams1:19.629+ 2.447 (SS,73)
11Sergio PerezForce India1:19.634+ 2.452 (HS,159)
12Max VerstappenRed Bull1:19.842+ 2.660 (S,187)
13Lance StrollWilliams1:20.262+ 3.080 (US,67)
BARCELONA II TEST, DAY 2 RESULTS
P.DRIVERTEAMTIMEGAP/TIRES
1Daniel RicciardoRed Bull1:18.047/ (HS, 165)
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG1:18.400+ 0.353 (US,90)
3Valtteri BottasMercedes AMG1:18.560+ 0.515 (US,85)
4Sebastian VettelFerrari1:19.541+ 1.494 (S,67)
5Brendon HartleyToro Rosso1:19.823+ 1.776 (HS,119)
6Fernando AlonsoMcLaren1:19.856+ 1.809 (HS,57)
7Carlos Sainz JR.Renault1:20.042+ 1.995 (Me,88)
8Romain GrosjeanHaas1:20.237+ 2.190 (S,78)
9Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1:20.242+ 2.195 (S,49)
10Lance StrollWilliams1:20.349+ 2.302 (S,63)
11Nico HulkenbergRenault1:20.758+ 2.711 (SS,102)
12Esteban OconForce India1:20.805+ 2.785 (S,130)
13Charles LeclerkSauber1:20.919+ 2.872 (SS,160)
14Sergey SirotkinWilliams1:22.350+ 4.303 (S,80)
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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