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Vettel teases pace as Ferrari go fastest on Day 7

Ferrari teased the field with their outright pace on Thursday, although they were only three tenths faster than Mercedes while setting the fastest time of testing so far.

Despite setting a 1:19.1, the fastest of testing so far, there was clearly more left in the tank for Sebastian Vettel as he teased their pace on Thursday morning. While setting fast lap times in the Ferrari, he backed off on every lap to mask the true pace of the car, although the ultimate pace from the three sectors was considerably lower. It was also faster than the previous best set by Valtteri Bottas in the Mercedes by three tenths of a second, equalled by Lewis Hamilton today.

Esteban Ocon set 137 laps in the Force India to finish the day third, and a second off the pace of the Ferrari, which was also the leading midfield team in what is expected to be a close battle. A couple of tenths down on the Force India was Daniil Kvyat’s Toro, which caused a red flag, and Kevin Magnussen’s Haas.

It was another difficult day for McLaren though, with yet another stoppage, caused by an electrical problem again. Although they lost time, they still go a little running with Stoffel Vandoorne behind the wheel, with 48 overall for the day, considerably down on the majority of the other teams.

Williams didn’t feature on the time sheets, instead focusing on long runs with both Felipe Massa and Lance Stroll behind the wheel. It would be the last time the Brazilian would drive the Williams in testing before Melbourne, with Lance Stroll expected to take the whole day tomorrow.

1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m19.024s 156
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m19.352s 0.328s 52
3 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m20.161s 1.137s 137
4 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m20.416s 1.392s 94
5 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m20.504s 1.480s 119
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m20.824s 1.800s 128
7 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m21.348s 2.324s 48
8 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m21.819s 2.795s 95
9 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1m22.347s 3.323s 44
10 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m22.418s 3.394s 53
11 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m23.330s 4.306s 88
12 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m24.443s 5.419s 80
13 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m24.863s 5.839s 85

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