Massa fastest for Williams on first day of second test

Felipe Massa clocked the fastest time on the first day of the second four-day test in Barcelona after he drove third fastest time of the test overall, 1: 19.726, during morning part of the session.

Massa’s time was just two hundredths slower than the previous fastest time from Valtteri Bottas in the Mercedes on softest ultrasoft tyres, and the Brazilian drove the most laps on the first day (168, just like Sebastian Vettel in Ferrari).

Red Bull finally showed the speed that we expect of them – Ricciardo was second fastest on ultrasoft tyres (1:19.900) after he was fastest for most of the morning on soft compound. Red Bull will not be satisfied with the number of laps (89) which is again below the average of the top teams.

Sebastian Vettel spent morning part of the session on medium compound of Pirelli tyres while German latter improved his best time on softs (1:19.906) which was enough for third place, just six thousandths behind Ricciardo. German drove the most laps for Ferrari in one day (168).

Hamilton was fourth quickest on the soft tyres after 49 laps in the morning hours, while his team-mate Valtteri Bottas clocked 84 laps and fifth fastest time, also on the soft. Mercedes today lapped total of 135 laps, less than Williams (168), Ferrari (168) and Force India (141).

Esteban Ocon drove third biggest number of laps on the first day of the second test (141) with sixth fastest time on supersofts (1:21.347).

Nico Hulkenberg drove 57 laps for Renault and finished seventh fastest with 1.8 seconds behind Massa, and Magnussen in Haas was less than a tenth slower in eighth place.

Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF70H (Foto: XPB)

Toro Rosso has completed more laps than its last week’s average rounds per day (46) after Kvyat drove 82 rounds and finished ninth fastest on supersofts.

Vandoorne was tenth fastest in McLaren Honda after more reliability issues that limited the team to only 34 laps in the morning. Honda was forced to replace the entire power unit after electrical problem halted the morning running.

Almost two hours after the start of the afternoon part of the session, Stoffel Vandoorne goes on track with Honda’s new power unit and improved his morning time just over half an hour before the end of the second day (1: 22.537).

In addition to reliability issues, McLaren Honda has a problem with speed as they are the only team that in this year’s pre-season testing in Barcelona that did not go under 1 minute 22 seconds.

Pascal Wehrlein drove 47 laps in Sauber C36 on the soft tire and finished 11th fastest with 2.9 seconds behind Massa, while his team-mate Marcus Ericsson drove 52 rounds and finished 12th, three tenths behind Wehrlein.

Palmer drove only 15 laps in the morning because of a problem with the Renault power unit, which had to be replaced ahead of the afternoon part. Nico Hulkenberg at the very end of the day also stopped on the track due to technical problems, which concluded a difficult day for Renault.


Pos Driver Team Tyres Time Laps
1. Massa Williams SS 1:19.726 168
2. Ricciardo Red Bull US 1:19.900 87
3. Vettel Ferrari S 1:19.906 168
4. Hamilton Mercedes S 1:20.456 49
5. Bottas Mercedes S 1:20.942 85
6. Ocon Force India SS 1:21.347 141
7. Hulkenberg Renault S 1:21.589 57
8. Magnussen Haas S 1:21.676 80
9. Kvyat Toro Rosso SS 1:21.743 82
10. Vandoorne McLaren S 1:22.537 79
11. Wehrlein Sauber S 1:23.336 47
12. Ericsson Sauber S 1:23.630 52
13. Palmer Renault S 1:24.790 15


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