2018 F1 test two: Vettel tops Day 3 for Ferrari

9th Mar 2018 3:16 pm

Vettel sets a new unofficial lap record around the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, with a blistering time of 1m17.182s.

Sebastian Vettel put Ferrari on top by over a second on the penultimate day of pre-season Formula 1 testing at Barcelona, as nobody got close to his unofficial lap record.

The Ferrari driver's morning hypersoft effort of 1m17.182s stood as the day's quickest by 1.178sec, as teams elected to focus largely on long-run pace in the afternoon session. That meant most of the times from the morning did not change in the afternoon, with Haas driver Kevin Magnussen using supersofts to end up second-fastest ahead of a slew of hypersoft runners.

Toro Rosso's Pierre Gasly equipped the hypersofts in the final hour to move up to third, just 0.003sec behind Magnussen; Carlos Sainz did likewise and went fifth, behind Renault teammate Nico Hulkenberg.

Stoffel Vandoorne was sixth-quickest on the strength of his morning time, as McLaren finally got serious mileage this week, clocking 151 laps. Vandoorne finished one place ahead of Marcus Ericsson, who caused the day's sole stoppage when he spun his Sauber at Turn 4 with just over an hour left on the clock.

The otherwise uninterrupted running allowed teams to rack up impressive lap counts. Max Verstappen focused on race simulations and was second-slowest, but the Red Bull driver's 187-lap tally was only beaten by Vettel, who only reached 188 laps with bonus circulation after the chequered flag while conducting practice starts.

Gasly (169), Force India's Sergio Perez (159 laps) and Magnussen (153) all hit a century and a half, while Mercedes reached a combined tally of 181 across Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.

Hamilton got ahead of Bottas on a long run on medium tyres late in the afternoon.

Lance Stroll focused on long runs again and was slowest of all, having taken over the Williams from Robert Kubica for the afternoon session.

Test two, day three times

POS

DRIVER

CAR

TIME

GAP

LAPS

1

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari

1m17.182s

-

188

2

Kevin Magnussen

Haas/Ferrari

1m18.360s

1.178s

153

3

Pierre Gasly

Toro Rosso/Honda

1m18.363s

1.181s

169

4

Nico Hulkenberg

Renault

1m18.675s

1.493s

79

5

Carlos Sainz

Renault

1m18.725s

1.543s

69

6

Stoffel Vandoorne

McLaren/Renault

1m18.855s

1.673s

151

7

Marcus Ericsson

Sauber/Ferrari

1m19.244s

2.062s

148

8

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

1m19.296s

2.114s

84

9

Valtteri Bottas

Mercedes

1m19.532s

2.350s

97

10

Robert Kubica

Williams/Mercedes

1m19.629s

2.447s

73

11

Sergio Perez

Force India/Mercedes

1m19.634s

2.452s

159

12

Max Verstappen

Red Bull/Renault

1m19.842s

2.660s

187

13

Lance Stroll

Williams/Mercedes

1m20.262s

3.080s

67

 

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