The official Formula 1 testing period is close to an end, with only two days left from the second session, which takes place this week at the Catalunya Circuit in Barcelona, where Sebastian Vettel will have the opportunity to drive the SF70H for the last time until the first race of the 2017 Formula 1 season, the Australian Grand Prix, which is scheduled to take place on 26 March 2017 in Melbourne.
After five very productive testing days, Kimi Raikkonen finished third for Scuderia Ferrari on Wednesday, but was unable to come anywhere close to Sebastian Vettel’s 168 laps from Tuesday, as the Finn was involved in an incident that resulted in hitting the barriers on his 54th lap at Turn 3; Kimi seemed to lose the rear of the Ferrari car as he came through the corner on medium tyres, damaging his front wing on impact and beaching in the gravel. It was the first proper blemish on Ferrari’s pre-season record so far, but the Italian team hopes to resume normal activity on Thursday.
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19:00 A rather quiet end to the session, the chequered flag is out.
17:54 Palmer’s car is cleared and we’re back underway, just over an hour left of running.
17:43 Jolyon Palmer has stopped on track to bring out another red flag.
17:37 Max Verstappen now crosses the line to complete 100 laps for Red Bull.
17:31 Sebastian Vettel (medium tyres): 1:23.22; 1:23.493; 1:23.792; 1:23.859; 1:23.795; 1:23.734; 1:23.679; 1:23.618; 1:23.546; 1:23.403; 1:24.390; 1:24.197; 1:24.268; 1:25.106; 1:25.818; 1:25.900; 1:29.662; 1:24.716; 1:24.978; 1:26.457
17:27 Pascal Wehrlein on the super soft tyre sets a 1:22.473.
17:16 Ricciardo has been running on the soft tyre, his times are: 1:24.1, 1:24.0, 1:23.9, 1:24.1, 1:24.2, 1:24.4, 1:24.5, 1:24.5, 1:24.5 and 1:24.5.
17:10 Esteban Ocon joins Sebastian Vettel in getting over the 100 lap mark.
17:05 Stoffel Vandoorne is back on track for McLaren
17:02 Valtteri Bottas is running the soft compound and improves to a 1:21.819.
16:55 Sebastian Vettel has passed the milestone of 100 laps, he’s the first driver to do so today!
16:44 Green flag! Track is clear.
16:35 Red flag! Daniil Kvyat has parked his Toro Rosso at turn five.
16:25 Vettel, Ocon, Kvyat and Ricciardo currently on the Spanish circuit.
16:16 Magnussen sets a lap on the ultra softs, a 1:20.760 which puts him in fifth place.
16:07 Daniel Ricciardo’s run on the soft tyre: 1:26.3, 1:26.0, 1:26.1, 1:26.1, 1:26.0, 1:26.0, 1:26.1, 1:26.1, 1:26.2, 1:26.4 and 1:26.8.
15:56 Most likely Sebastian will do a race simulation during this afternoon.
15:47 Sebastian Vettel is out on the track, with the Soft compound
15:33 Wehrlein’s best lap now sits at a 1:24.408.
15:26 Bottas is now on-track. He’s joined by Brazilian Felipe Massa in the Williams.
15:18 The Force India of Esteban Ocon joins the Toro Rosso on track.
15:12 Daniil Kvyat is the first to leave the pits, the STR12 hits the track to kick off the afternoon session.
15:00 We’re back underway here in Barcelona.
14:00 The chequered flag comes out. Vettel is fastest with a 1:19.024! We will be back in one hour for the afternoon session!
13:58 1:19.352 for Hamilton, three tenths down on Vettel’s earlier lap.
13:50 Hamilton has been running on the super softs and goes second with a time of 1:20.018.
13:41 Sebastian pits but then immediately comes back out an the Ultrasoft tyre. And it’s a new fastest lap of the session this winter – 1:19.024!
13:37 Magnussen sets a new personal best on the soft tyres, a 1:20.863.
13:32 A new personal best for Sebastian Vettel! 1:19.164 on ultrasoft tyres
13:29 Green flag! Vandoorne’s car is cleared, and we are back to testing conditions.
13:19 Red flag! The McLaren has broken down on the pit straight
13:17 Vandoorne improves his time to a 1:21.348, he’s on the ultra soft tyres. 45 minutes left of running this morning.
13:08 A set of supersofts have been bolted on to the Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel sets a 1:19.314!
13:07 Ocon moves up to P2 on the super soft tyre, a lap time of 1:20.523.
12:55 Here comes Seb again! And it’s a 1:19.363 from the German driver, almost matching his best lap of the day.
12:48 Ocon retakes fourth in the standings with a 1:21.053 set on the soft compound.
12:43 40 laps for Sebastian so far, who was on a short run as he has now pitted after two flying laps on the softs. Very encouraging for Ferrari!
12:36 Sebastian Vettel goes fastest on the soft tyres, with a lap time of 1:19.341.
12:31 Kevin Magnussen (Haas F1) jumps in P3 with a lap time of 1:21.129
12:25 Ocon jumps to third, with a new fastest lap of 1:21.194.
12:18 Hamilton, Ericsson and Stroll are currently on the track.
12:13 Jolyon Palmer has just set a new personal best, a 1:22.418.
12:08 Stoffel Vandoorne is on the super soft tyre, and has brought his fastest lap down to a 1:22.055.
12:03 Sebastian has improved his best time – but only by a few tenths. That 1:21.615 keeps him in third for the moment.
11:55 Lewis Hamilton has also done a run on the medium tyre: 1:28.1, 1:21.8, 1:29.0, 1:26.6, 1:22.9, 1:22.6, 1:23.7, 1:25.7 end 1:22.1.
11:46 Daniel Ricciardo improves to a 1:20.824, as the Red Bull driver is running on the soft tyres.
11:42 Jolyon Palmer has moved up to 6th for Renault, with a new a personal best – 1:23.283.
11:36 Seb’s short run on the medium compound: 1:22.0, 1:21.7, 1:21.9, 1:22.6, 1:22.9 and 1:23.4.
11:31 Sebastian Vettel is back out on track for Ferrari, and quickly posts a 1:21.726 to improve his time, but not his position as he remains third.
11:26 Ricciardo improves to a 1:21.550, moving up to P2.
11:20 Ricciardo now joins the actions and sets a lap time of a 1:21.616.
11:11 Daniel Ricciardo is the only driver to set a lap time. The Australian has set a couple of installation laps.
11:02 Vandoorne sets his first time of the day, a 1:23.298. He currently sits in fourth.
10:56 Sebastian Vettel has completed 14 laps so far and is currently out on the Medium tyre.
10:49 Ericsson puts his Sauber on the board, setting a time of 1:26.990.
10:47 Esteban Ocon improves his time to a 1:24.082.
10:34 Ferrari, Force India and Toro Rosso all have a handful of laps completed so far, while all 10 teams have been out at least once.
10:30 A flat spot has appeared on one of Sebastian Vettel’s front tyres, so probably some hard braking from him somewhere.
10:26 Seb sets a 1:21.846
10:23 Sebastian Vettel returns to the track, with the Soft tyre.
10:17 Lewis Hamilton, with the Supersoft tyrde, sets a 1:20.686.
10:08 Lewis Hamilton Daniel Ricciardo, Lance Stroll and Daniil Kvyat, Marcus Ericsson and Kevin Magnussen have all also completed installation laps.
10:00 Green flag! Sebastian Vettel is out on the track, followed by Jolyon Palmer.
09:55 Here are the drivers taking to the track today:
Ferrari – Sebastian Vettel
Mercedes – Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas
Red Bull – Daniel Ricciardo
Force India – Esteban Ocon
Williams – Felipe Massa & Lance Stroll
McLaren – Stoffel Vandoorne
Toro Rosso – Daniil Kvyat
Haas – Kevin Magnussen
Renault – Jolyon Palmer & Nico Hülkenberg
Sauber – Pascal Wehrlein & Marcus Ericsson
Update posted on 09:48:32