Kimi Raikkonen ended the second day of pre-season testing in first place, setting the fastest lap of the test so far, a 1:20.960 and thus beating Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton into second place. The Scuderia Ferrari driver completed 108 laps, further strengthening the teams reliability programme. On Wednesday the testing programme continues on the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, as Sebastian Vettel return to the wheel of the SF70H for what the Italian team hopes to be another productive day.
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19:00 That’s it! Sebastian Vettel completes 139 laps with a personal best of 1:19.952, just 0.247 behind the Mercedes of Bottas
18:52 Red flag. Sebastian stopped on the main straight.
17:55 Counting the laps, with one hour to go:
Mercedes – 141 laps
Ferrari – 112 laps
Sauber – 111 laps
Williams – 98 laps
Renault – 83 laps
Red Bull Racing – 67 laps
Toro Rosso – 63 laps
McLaren – 63 laps
Force India – 54 laps
Haas – 43 laps
17:49 Ericsson, Hamilton and Alonso are currently on the track
17:34 50 laps in for McLaren and Fernando Alonso today.
17:32 Vettel, Ericsson and Hamilton join the track now.
17:28 The session restarts. Romain Grosjean is the first driver to take to the track.
17:15 Red flag again! Stroll’s in the wall!
17:12 Green flag. Alonso and Celis immediately head for the pit exit.
17:02 Red flag! Sainz is off at turn four.
16:57 It’s another 100-lap day for Scuderia Ferrari!
16:46 Sebastian Vettel still on the track and getting closer to 100 laps completed!
16:36 Ericsson, Stroll, Grosjean, Hulkenberg and the ‘race-simming’ Hamilton are all on-track.
16:31 Sebastian Vettel goes second! On softs he sets a lap time just one-quarter of a second behind Bottas’ ultra-soft tyre run.
16:19 1:25.087 now those soft tyres for Hamilton. His pit board suggests that he is on a race simulation.
16:12 Second place for Ferrari! A soft tyre run sees Sebastian post a 1:20.572.
16:07 A 1:23.326 lap time puts Alonso into eighth place at the moment.
16:00 Hulkenberg goes seventh with a 1:23.137.
15:56 Sebastian Vettel, running on the softs for the first time, manages a 1:21.517 for the Ferrari – the best time we’ve seen so far from the four-time world champion.
15:50 Ricciardo, Sainz jr and Hülkenberg on the track. And here comes Seb!
15:38 Sebastian Vettel is still in the pits. Only Ricciardo and Alonso currently on the track
15:28 Ten laps completed by Hamilton with a personal best of 1:25.688
15:19 Hamilton out with the Soft tyre
15:16 Antonio Giovinazzi will not be making an appearance for Sauber, as Marcus Ericsson comes out of the pits
15:04 Lewis Hamilton is taking over from Valtteri Bottas for Mercedes, while Carlos Sainz, Nico Hulkenberg and Antonio Giovinazzi are also expected to come in.
15:00 Green flag! But for the moment everybody is still in the pits.
14:00 That’s the end of the morning session! 69 laps completed by Sebastian Vettel, with a personal best of 1:21.609 on the Medium tyre
13:45 Ricciardo, Palmer and Ericsson all lapping the circuit now. Sebastian Vettel rejoins
13:30 Palmer to P3. The Renault driver takes advantage of the improved endurance of the soft tyres to go third with a 1:21.396.
13:22 Bottas improves with the Ultrasoft tyre – 1:19.705. Ricciardo has moved up to second place after a soft tyre run – 1:21.153
13:10 Marcus Ercisson is up in third for Sauber on the supersofts and has just improved again to 1:21.824.
13:06 Alonso’s time is down to a 1:23.834 now. 23 laps completed by him.
12:57 Using the Supersoft compound, the Mercedes goes even faster. It’s a 1:19.838, the first time anybody has broken the 1:20 barrier in this testing session.
12:54 Bottas, Stroll and Ricciardo might still be on track, but they appear to be on longer runs at present. Sebastian rejoins the action.
12:49 – 1:22.351 lap time from Stroll.
12:41 Ricciardo moves up to third – 1:22.382
12:30 Bottas delivers a 1:20.107 – on soft tyres
12:26 Bottas is the fastest driver at the moment with a 1:21.099.
12:20 Ferrari and Mercedes seem to be competing for mileage accolades today, with 42 and 44 laps respectively.
12:16 The Sauber sets a 1:22.636 on a soft-tyre run and Ericsson moves to third place
12:08 Sebastian Vettel is continuing his runs, with almost 40 laps already completed. Also on the track are Bottas, Stroll, Palmer, Grosjean and Ricciardo.
12:01 Alonso goes P3 with his 1:23.956 effort. Stroll is sixth after a 1:27.848 lap.
11:57 Sebastian Vettel is back on the track, joining Bottas, Ericsson and Alonso
11:49 Ericsson and Ricciardo are currently the only drivers on the track
11:39 Sebastian Vettel completed 30 laps so far. First driver to reach this number today!
11:35 Scuderia Ferrari are back in P1! 1:21.609 for Seb on the Medium tyre
11:29 Personal best for Ericsson (Sauber) – 1:27.551
11:24 Lance Stroll (Williams) makes his first appearance of the day
11:16 1:21.632 is the new best made, as Bottas improves
11:11 Bottas joins Sebastian Vettel on the track
11:05 Long medium-tyre run for Sebastian
11:00 Sebastian takes first place with a lap time of 1:22.222 on Medium tyres
10:51 Bottas with super soft tyres takes the top spot with a 1:22.816.
10:42 Green flag! Ericsson and Kvyat head straight back out.
10:28 Problems for the Renault of Jolyon Palmer. Red flag!
10:26 Sebastian goes fastest with a lap time of 1:27.789
10:21 Sebastian on track with the Medium tyre
10:16 Bottas has already done an eight lap stint, with a best time of 1:28.537 so far. Alonso and Ricciardo also made their first appearances of the day.
10:10 Sebastian Vettel out for his installation lap
10.01 And here we go! Valtteri Bottas, Marcus Ericsson and Daniil Kvyat are first to leave the pits.
09:50 Driver line-up for the day
Ferrari – Sebastian Vettel
Mercedes – Valtteri Bottas (AM) & Lewis Hamilton (PM)
Red Bull Racing – Max Verstappen & Daniel Ricciardo
Force India – Alfonso Celis
Williams – Felipe Massa
McLaren – Fernando Alonso
Toro Rosso – Carlos Sainz
Haas – Romain Grosjean
Renault – Jolyon Palmer & Nico Hulkenberg
Sauber – Marcus Ericsson & Antonio Giovinazzi