Testing

Verstappen fastest on second day of Barcelona test

Spanish Grand Prix race winner Max Verstappen was fastest on the second day of inseason testing in Barcelona.

The Red Bull driver, running the new version of the Renault engine (or should we say Tag Heuer) set a fastest time of a 1:23.2 in the morning session on a set of the soft compound tyres.

McLaren finished the test in second, test driver Stoffel Vandoorne driving for the second day, and setting over 100 laps in the process. The Belgian was eight tenths down on the Red Bull driver.

Pascal Wehrlein was a late call up to Mercedes for the day, taking over from Esteban Ocon who had been expected to jump in the car from Renault today. The team sighted they needed an experienced driver to test new parts, including a new suspension set up. They were third fastest by the end of the day, a tenth behind McLaren.

Haas was the leading Ferrari powered team, Esteban Gutierrez taking over from Romain Grosjean with the team only running race drivers at this test. Finishing fifth they were just ahead of Ferrari, running youngster Antonio Fuoco.

Daniil Kvyat, driving for Toro Rosso caused the only red flag of the day and finished in sixth.

Once again, in testing mode Williams finished at the bottom of the order, with only Manor’s Jordan King at his first Formula One test behind.

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