A surprise runner has emerged on top after the first day of the second test at the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona.
Felipe Massa has taken his Williams to the top of the time sheets, in a very successful day for Williams. Their success comes in the form of Massa completing 163 laps to make up for the lost running last week after Lance Stroll’s crash on Day 3, and their subsequent inability to drive on Day 4 due to the damage sustained.
Daniel Ricciardo produced the second fastest lap time, which was two tenths behind Felipe Massa’s best effort. Sebastian Vettel finished the day six thousandths behind Ricciardo’s time to be third fastest, though on the soft tyres compared to the Australian’s ultrasofts. The Mercedes pair were both behind Vettel and also on soft tyres, Hamilton was down by half a second, and Bottas was behind the German by a second. With all this being said however, Vettel managed to complete 164 laps, which is a staggering achievement for pre-season testing. He wasn’t the only other driver to get above 100 laps, with Esteban Ocon also managing to hit a century in the Force India, as did Mercedes, though the laps were split between the drivers.
Not everyone had a day quite as good as Williams or Ferrari did, however. Let’s be honest, who wouldn’t expect to see McLaren in the news for all the wrong reasons at this point? As reported earlier, they changed yet another engine during the day, making it six used now for just five days of testing. Despite yet another engine change, McLaren still managed a respectable 78 laps, though this pales in comparison to the running achieved by others. Renault also had a disturbed day, with Jolyon Palmer heading for the gravel in the morning session.