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Massa heads the field on Day 5

With running under their belt, following a couple of crashes last week which saw them sit out the whole of the last day, Williams were fast in the morning eclipsing also fast running by Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes.

It was a monumental effort from Felipe Massa though, clawing back mileage they lost from last week, an amazing 163 laps on the board, along with Sebastian Vettel in the Ferrari, and Esteban Ocon who was one of few drivers to do a lot of work immediately after lunch.

With the increased demands on the driver, many anticipated that such mileage for a single driver wasn’t possible – with many teams including Sauber, Mercedes and Renault switching drivers over the lunch break.

It would be Red Bull that would be the closest challenger in the close battle at the front, with Ferrari relegated to third. Following the morning session where Hamilton was also in the mix, and Valtteri Bottas taking that over in the afternoon in fourth and fifth.

McLaren’s testing woes have continued into the second week, the team having two change the Honda engine before the end of the morning session. It meant that once again their day was cut short following an engine problem, of which now they would have used their allocation for the season. There was a brief appearance in the afternoon though.

Renault also had an engine change after Jolyon Palmer came to a halt in the pit lane late in the morning. Nico Hulkenberg made an appearance in the afternoon though, complete with the new engine. They also brought the afternoon to a close, with a classic fuel run at the end of the day, bringing out a red flag.

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Ashley Quint

Ashley founded the Purple Sector website back in 2012, later renamed to SpeedMajor which now covers both Formula 1 and Formula E. As well as writing on Formula 1, Ashley also works within the world of luxury travel and was a finalist in the Aspire Travel Trade Writer of the Year competition in 2013.

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