Teams continued to test at Barcelona for the 6th day in 2 weeks. As some are getting settled, more and more teams set out to do more relevant performance runs and race simulations. The weather was a bit chilly in the morning, but at least the dry conditions were good enough for decent testing. Initially mainly for reliability and aero checks, but towards noon also focused on performance.
Sebastian Vettel was back behind the wheel of the Ferrari SF71H after a mammoth day on Tuesday due to the fact that his teammate Kimi Raikkonen was too unwell to drive this morning. After racking up 171 laps and topping the timesheet at the Circuit de Catalunya yesterday, Sebastian was due to take the day off and give his team-mate for some more mileage – but there has been a change of plan. The four-time Formula One world champion joined Lewis Hamilton, who hands over to Valtteri Bottas this afternoon, and Fernando Alonso, who will be praying he can get a full day’s work done in the McLaren after it broke down three times in the opening day of the second test.
It was a rather slow start to the day for Scuderia Ferrari – compared to their rivals – but Sebastian Vettel gradually took to the track and completed 66 laps during the morning session, with a personal best of 1:19.541, on the Soft tyre.
There will be no official lunch break on day two, with circuit officials wanting to maximise the track time available from 0800 GMT to 1700 GMT.
Day Two driver line-up
Scuderia Ferrari – Sebastian Vettel
Red Bull – Ricciardo
Mercedes – Hamilton/Bottas
Force India – Ocon
Williams – Stroll/Sirotkin
Renault – Sainz/Hulkenberg
Toro Rosso – Hartley
Haas – Grosjean
McLaren – Alonso
Sauber – Leclerc