Sebastian Vettel remained on the top of the timesheets in the Barcelona pre-season test as he set the quickest time in day two on a set of ultrasoft compound.
Vettel and Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo traded laptimes on the ultra soft tyre in the morning session, with the German (1:22.810) beating his former teammate by seven tenths of a second.
However, it wasn’t a trouble-free day for the Prancing Horse with Vettel stopping at turn 3 moments before the chequered flag.
Max Verstappen’s Toro Rosso and the Renault of Jolyon Palmer also caused red flags, with latter’s problem proving to be terminal and limiting him to just 42 laps of the Spanish circuit.
That said, most teams ran reliably today, with seven outfits crossing the 100 lap mark. Expectedly, Mercedes clocked the most number of laps, with 172 for Nico Rosberg. The German finished fourth in the timesheets, behind the Force India of Sergio Perez.
Fifth on the board was Marcus Ericsson in the 2015 Sauber, with Esteban Gutierrez managing 79 laps in the Haas VF-01 en route to sixth position.
Behind, Valtteri Bottas was seventh with a time of 1:25.648, with Pascal Wehrlein not far behind in eighth place.
Quite impressively, Fernando Alonso lodged 119 laps in the McLaren-Honda, but, insignificantly, was over three seconds off the pace of Vettel’s benchmark.
Palmer and Verstappen brought the rear of the results sheet.
by Rachit Thukral