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Bottas fastest for Mercedes as Raikkonen crashes on day 6 in Barcelona

Mercedes once again hit the top of the times on day six of winter testing, setting the fastest time of the test in process thanks to Valtteri Bottas.

Setting his time in the morning session, on a set of the super soft tyres, Valtteri Bottas set a 1:19.3, just a tenth faster than an impressive Williams, driven by Felipe Massa. That carried forward the pace the team showed at testing yesterday in the hands of Massa, although the team are still playing catch up after missing the last day last week.

There were mixed fortunes elsewhere though. Kimi Raikkonen spun at turn 3 and hit the barriers after just 53 laps running for the team, and brining their day to a close early. Red Bull on the other hand had a couple of problems, including a stoppage at turn 12 while working through a race simulation. It was still good enough for fourth fastest though.

With many teams splitting drivers through the day, Lewis Hamilton taking over from Valtteri Bottas, Lance Stroll from Felipe Massa, and Pascal Wehrlein and Marcus Ericsson for Sauber – the next fastest team would be Renault in the hands of Nico Hulkenberg, also sharing the day with Jolyon Palmer who would see his name at the bottom of the times.

It was notable that Lance Stroll completed 59 laps, a week after a couple of accidents shortened the test for Williams. He was a second away from Massa’s pace, and was just a tenth off Max Verstappen’s Red Bull.

1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m19.310s 70
2 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m19.420s 0.110s 63
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m20.406s 1.096s 53
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m20.432s 1.122s 102
5 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m20.579s 1.269s 59
6 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m20.702s 1.392s 79
7 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m21.213s 1.903s 61
8 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m21.297s 1.987s 100
9 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m21.872s 2.562s 92
10 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m21.887s 2.577s 96
11 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1m23.000s 3.690s 59
12 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m23.041s 3.731s 46
13 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m23.384s 4.074s 47
14 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m24.774s 5.464s 29

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