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Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas finishes in-season test on top in Barcelona

BARCELONA, Spain — Mercedes completed the second day of in-season testing on the top of the timesheets, capping off a profitable few days on the Circuit de Catalunya in Spain.

After securing second place behind teammate Lewis Hamilton at Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix, Valtteri Bottas clocked the quickest time of the two-day test on Wednesday. His greatest lap was a 1:16.904 on super-softs, zero.7s slower than the time that secured him second on Sunday’s grid, however was zero.068s quicker than the subsequent quickest driver on Wednesday, Antonio Giovinazzi in the Ferrari.

Despite feeling unwell in the morning with an upset abdomen, Giovinazzi notched up 148 laps by the top of the day — essentially the most of any driver collaborating in Wednesday’s test. The Italian, who drove for Sauber on Tuesday and is Ferrari’s third driver, used the hyper-soft tyre to set a 1:16.972 simply earlier than the lunch break

The pink-striped tyre is the softest in Pirelli’s vary and can make its race debut on the Monaco Grand Prix subsequent week. It lasts for simply over a lap on the Circuit de Catalunya however, underlining the variations in the 2 circuits, is anticipated to cowl most of a race distance in Monaco the place Formula One will race subsequent.

F2 championship chief Lando Norris set the third quickest time on Wednesday with a last-minute fast lap on delicate tyres in the McLaren. His lap would have secured 11th place on Sunday’s grid, quicker than common driver Stoffel Vandoorne and zero.3s off Fernando Alonso’s greatest effort on the super-soft in Q3. Norris’ automotive stopped on observe in the afternoon inflicting a pink flag, however was quickly again out as soon as McLaren found a setting situation and rectified the issue.

It was the British driver’s second day on the wheel of a MCL33 after finishing a tyre test for Pirelli in a model of the automotive that was not working McLaren’s newest improve on Tuesday. On Wednesday he switched to the newest specification of the automotive as a part of a traditional test day for McLaren and stated he instantly seen the distinction between the 2.

“There’s definitely some differences,” Norris stated. “Positive I believe in fairly a couple of methods however there’s nonetheless some issues with the outdated one that are at all times optimistic, so it is attempting to mix them and get each on one automotive which might make it even quicker mainly.

“I believe in normal it is a bit extra downforce, it is good for me having the arrogance to push at Turns 1, 2 and three and all of the high-speed corners. I believe total it is undoubtedly been a slight step ahead.”

Kevin Magnussen was fourth quickest in the Haas however stopped on observe in the afternoon after his engineers noticed an issue in the automotive’s knowledge. The situation was notspecified by the crew however introduced an early finish to Magnussen’s working.

GP3 race winner Nikita Mazepin was fifth quickest in the Force India and accomplished 108 laps regardless of a automotive situation in the morning. It was his seventh look as a test driver for Force India after first testing for the crew in July 2016. Asked if he would push for an additional alternative on the subsequent in-season test after the Hungarian Grand Prix, Mazepin stated: “Absolutely. I am not pushing for that solely, it is undoubtedly my goal and I am at all times attempting to ship the perfect I can and be as skilled as I may be.”

Jack Aitken made his F1 debut in the Renault RS18 and accomplished 120 laps over the course of the day. Aitken is a Renault growth driver and his test on Wednesday got here three days after he secured his first F2 dash race win of the season on Sunday.

Charles Leclerc was again behind the wheel of his Sauber on Wednesday and clocked the seventh quickest time forward of Robert Kubica in the Williams. Kubica took on a Williams test position at the beginning of 2018 after lacking out on a race drive, and previous to Wednesday’s test had taken half in pre-season testing and first observe on the Spanish Grand Prix. His day on the wheel of the FW41 ended with 123 laps on the board because the crew regarded to raised perceive the problems it has confronted with its automotive because the begin of the 12 months.

“The conclusions are that there can be loads of issues to look at, to analyse and double examine,” Kubica said. “There had been various issues going on, with gathering knowledge and attempting to get on top of our points.

“It was an interesting day from the driver’s point of view, but I think it was even more interesting day from the aero point of view and for the guys at the factory to now have a look and see what we can get out of it.”

Pierre Gasly took over from Sean Gelael in the Toro Rosso on Wednesday afternoon, setting a time 1.3s quicker than the F2 driver who spent all of Tuesday and Wednesday morning on the wheel. Gasly was one place forward of fellow F1 common Vandoorne, who was driving a second McLaren devoted to testing growth tyres on a Pirelli-prescribed run plan.

Red Bull simulator driver Jake Dennis made his F1 debut in an RB14 on Wednesday. The British driver received a shock name as much as test the automotive this week, making a change from his normal Aston Martin GT automotive that he races in the Blancpain GT Series. Dennis completed the day forward of Gelael in 12th and Nicholas Latifi in 13th, who was in a second Force India that was additionally devoted to Pirelli tyre testing.

Times at shut
1. Bottas, Mercedes, 1:16.904, 139 laps (Super-soft)
2. Giovinazzi, Ferrari, 1:16.972, 148 laps (Hyper-soft)
three. Norris, McLaren, 1:18.039, 79 laps (Soft)
four. Magnussen, Haas, 1:18.274, 75 laps (Hyper-soft)
5. Mazepin, Force India, 1:18.344, 112 laps (Hyper-soft)
6. Aitken, Renault, 1:18.942, 120 laps (Medium)
7. Leclerc, Sauber, 1:18.993, 139 laps (Hyper-soft)
eight. Kubica, Williams, 1:19.253, 123 laps (Hyper-soft)
9. Gasly, Toro Rosso, 1:19.410, 38 laps (Medium)
10. Vandoorne, McLaren, 1:19.914, 96 laps (Development)
11. Dennis, Red Bull, 1:20.440, 74 laps (Medium)
12. Gelael, Toro Rosso, 1:20.763, 83 laps (Soft)
13. Latifi, Force India, 1:21.412, 121 laps (Development)

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