Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas achieved the highest top speed on the second 2018 F1 test in Barcelona while McLaren drivers took the last two spots – MAXF1 brings you a review of the top speeds from the second Barcelona test.

The Speed 1 in the table is the speed on the start finish line (end of the sector 39 and the second speed is near the end of the start-finish straight (see the picture below).




At the top of the lineup was Bottas in Mercedes, who apparently used lower downforce settings compared to Hamilton, which was 10 km / h slower and at the start of the target line and at the end of the line, and the second fastest was the Verstappen in Red Bull that was best placed Renault engine.

Verstappen’s team-mate Ricciardo at the starting line-up had almost the same speed as Verstappen, but by the end of the line he was behind 13 km / h. Or Verstappen used considerably lower downforce settings or had the assistance of the car in front of him that offered the turret, suggesting the biggest difference between the speed on the starting target line and the forward direction.

The next seven places are occupied by Mercedes or Ferrari engines, including Vettel and Raikkonen, and the only two drivers who reached the start line target of over 290 km / h are Bottas (295.0) and Vettel (291.8).

Following Sainz in Renault at 325.3 km / h at the end of the line, and Toro Rosso with the Honda engine achieved 324.3 km / h, far less than on the first test when Gasly helped with the coulter.

The Williams race drivers Stroll and Sirotkin at the bottom are the highest speed charts at 320.4 km / h, unlike the Cube that was 7.4 km / h faster, and McLaren drivers Alonso and Vandoorne were slower than Red Bull Ricciardi.

Ricciardo, Alonso and Vandoorne are the only three riders who did not reach 320 km / h in the main direction, and the common elements are their Renault engines, a lot of downforce and a large floor slope.

Renault has announced that it will boost its engines for the second week, but will also release some potentials from the first Australian racing season in Australia, depending on how satisfied they are with the data gathered on the tests.

Driver Chassis Engine Speed 1 Speed 2 S2 – S1
Valtteri Bottas Mercedes Mercedes 295.0 km/h 334.3 km/h 39.3 km/h
Max Verstappen Red Bull Renault 285.5 km/h 331.2 km/h 45.7 km/h
Sergio Perez Force India Mercedes 287.2 km/h 330.2 km/h 43.0 km/h
Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari Ferrari 288.0 km/h 329.2 km/h 41.2 km/h
Robert Kubica Williams Mercedes 288.0 km/h 327.8 km/h 39.8 km/h
Sebastian Vettel Ferrari Ferrari 291.8 km/h 327.2 km/h 35.4 km/h
Esteban Ocon Force India Mercedes 286.4 km/h 327.2 km/h 40.8 km/h
Marcus Ericsson Sauber Ferrari 288.0 km/h 326.2 km/h 38.2 km/h
Romain Grosjean HaasF1 Ferrari 284.9 km/h 326.2 km/h 41.3 km/h
Carlos Sainz Renault Renault 285.7 km/h 325.3 km/h 39.6 km/h
Charles Leclerc Sauber Ferrari 288.7 km/h 324.3 km/h 35.6 km/h
Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso Honda 287.2 km/h 324.3 km/h 37.1 km/h
Kevin Magnussen HaasF1 Ferrari 287.2 km/h 324.3 km/h 37.1 km/h
Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Mercedes 284.9 km/h 324.3 km/h 39.4 km/h
Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso Honda 284.9 km/h 324.3 km/h 39.4 km/h
Nico Hulkenberg Renault Renault 281.2 km/h 323.3 km/h 42.1 km/h
Sergey Sirotkin Williams Mercedes 288.7 km/h 320.4 km/h 31.7 km/h
Lance Stroll Williams Mercedes 286.4 km/h 320.4 km/h 34.0 km/h
Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Renault 284.2 km/h 318.5 km/h 34.3 km/h
Fernando Alonso McLaren Renault 286.4 km/h 317.6 km/h 31.2 km/h
Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren Renault 285.7 km/h 315.7 km/h 30.0 km/h
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