Formula 1 testing has come to end following eight days of action at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. As with the first test, deciphering the pecking order is a difficult task, but with some more representative running in week two, partly thanks to better weather, things are now a little clearer. To help you understand each teams position, we’ve compiled the quickest time by each driver and the day they posted it and on what tyre to give you a slightly clearer picture.
Sebastian Vettel led the timing sheets alongside Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, both smashing the 2017 pole time, but lap time doesn’t mean everything during testing as fuel limits are undisclosed amongst many other variables, so making an assumption based on times/tyres alone would be unwise.
Test 2: Combined Times
|4||D. Ricciardo||Red Bull||1:18.047||Wednesday|
|5||C. Sainz Jr||Renault||1:18.092||Friday|
|7||P. Gasly||Toro Rosso||1:18.363||Thursday|
|13||B. Hartley||Toro Rosso||1:18.949||Friday|
|14||E. Ocon||Force India||1:18.967||Friday|
|19||S. Perez||Force India||1:19.634||Thursday|
|20||M. Verstappen||Red Bull||1:18.842||Thursday|
Regarding the laps each driver completed, once again it’s Sebastian Vettel who comes out on top, albeit having run for half a day longer than most of is rivals due to Kimi Raikkonen’s illness.
Mercedes’ duo Valtteri Bottas and Hamilton were close behind in second and third, whilst the chart is bad reading for McLaren. The team encountered several issues which limited their running. The pair were only beaten to the ‘wooden spoon’ by Robert Kubica, however the Pole only completed half a day’s running after sacrificing his time in the car for the good of the team.
As for the teams, Mercedes reigned at the top of the lap chart with 734 under their belt. Scuderia Ferrari wasn’t far behind on 631. Yet again, the chart shows just how bad the test was for McLaren, which completed less than half the total of Mercedes.
On a team-by-team average, the Mercedes power unit came out top with an average 607 laps per team (Mercedes, Force India and Williams). Renault was bottom with 478 laps per team when divided amongst its works team and two customers as Honda managed 498 with its sole team – Toro Rosso.