Haas’ Kevin Magnussen led the way during Wednesday morning’s Formula 1 test action at the Spanish Grand Prix. Magnussen set a time of 1:18.101 – substantially slower than Valtteri Bottas’ Tuesday benchmark – to head the leaderboard, just 0.081s clear of Ferrari simulator driver Antonio Fuoco.
Antonio Fuoco took the reins of the Ferrari-run SF90 for his first test since 2016 while regular racer Charles Leclerc switched to the Pirelli-run car that Sebastian Vettel drove on Tuesday. Charles Leclerc placed fifth, behind Toro Rosso’s Alexander Albon and Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen, driving a repaired C38 in the wake of Callum Ilott’s hefty crash on Tuesday afternoon.
Williams reserve Nicholas Latifi placed sixth, causing one of three red flags when his FW42 halted at pit exit. The biggest drama of the morning befell Formula 2 racer Nikita Mazepin, who spun Mercedes’ W10 into the gravel at Turn 12 with a few minutes of the session remaining. Mazepin, whose 2019 programme includes 12 days of running in Mercedes’ 2017-spec car, took seventh, and still amassed the most mileage, completing 82 laps.
Renault tester Jack Aitken was eighth while McLaren simulator driver Oliver Turvey took ninth; the Briton will hand over to reserve Sergio Sette Camara for the afternoon session.
Red Bull’s Daniel Ticktum came to a halt at Turn 10, causing the other red flag, while Racing Point duo Lance Stroll (driving on behalf of Pirelli) and simulator driver Nick Yelloly capped the 12-driver field.
The afternoon session will begin at 14:00 local time
Formula 1 Spain In-Season Test – Wednesday 1pm Results
1. Kevin Magnussen DEN Rich Energy Haas F1 Team 1m18.101s
2. Antonio Fuoco ITA Scuderia Ferrari + 0.081s
3. Alexander Albon THA Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda + 0.162s
4. Kimi Raikkonen FIN Alfa Romeo Racing + 0.477s
5. Charles Leclerc MON Scuderia Ferrari + 0.565s*
6. Nicholas Latifi CAN ROKiT Williams Racing + 0.814s
7. Nikita Mazepin RUS Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport + 1.045s
8. Jack Aitken GBR Renault F1 Team + 2.583s
9. Oliver Turvey GBR McLaren F1 Team + 2.611s
10. Dan Ticktum GBR Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Honda + 2.782s
11. Lance Stroll CAN SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team + 3.095s*
12. Nick Yelloly GBR SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team + 3.123s
* Pirelli testing