Williams’ Valtteri Bottas set the pace during the second day of the final Barcelona pre-season test, lapping the Spanish Circuit in 1:23.261.
Bottas’ quickest time was set on Pirelli’s supersoft compound during the afternoon session, eclipsing Lewis Hamilton’s morning benchmark, set on soft tyres. by nearly four tenths of a second.
Behind the two Mercedes-powered cars, Kevin Magnussen was third quickest for Renault, as the French team continued to enjoy strong mileage, after some hiccups in the previous test.
Magnussen, who hands over the car to teammate Jolyon Palmer tomorrow, completed 126 laps today, adding to his yesterday’s total of 119.
It was a productive day for Ferrari in Barcelona, with Sebastian Vettel crossing the 150 lap barrier en route to the fourth quickest time of the day.
However, Vettel’s total went some way short of what Carlos Sainz managed in the seemingly bulletproof Toro Rosso. The Spanish driver clocked 166 laps in the STR11, surpassing Hamilton and Rosberg’s - who shared the Mercedes W07 between them today - combined total of 164 laps.
McLaren, Force India and Red Bull also completed double the race distance in Barcelona.
After a fuel system issue restricted Esteban Gutierrez to just 23 laps on Tuesday, Haas ran into yet more trouble on Wednesday, managing only a single installation lap all day long. The American team blamed turbo gremlins for its lack of running.
by Rachit Thukral