Valtteri Bottas has gone fastest in the sixth day of pre-season testing for the 2017 season. Felipe Massa was not too far behind him, with both drivers getting into the low 1:19s. The next fastest was Kimi Raikkonen.
It wasn’t as good a day as the others for the Finn and Ferrari however, as the 2007 World Champion lost control of the Prancing Horse in the middle of turn 3 and went for a cheeky spin through the gravel and into the barriers. This duly bought out the red flags and resulted in the Ferrari SF70-H going for an unwanted trip on a lorry.
Unlike the other two test days he has been a part of so far, Lance Stroll did not find the wall this time. Instead of finding walls, he did some running on the medium tyres, before doing some on the super-softs. He ended up finishing in fifth place, though over a second behind his team mate.
Max Verstappen also went for a long run after red Bull lost three hours of test time. The Dutchman was involved in a battle with Perez to be the driver who did the most laps of the day, with both getting to totals over 90 with just over half an hour to go in the day. However, with ten minutes to go, Verstappen grinded to a halt at turn 12, bringing out the red flags. Considering he had just hit a centry of laps at this point, it was still a good day for Red Bull.
As well as this, Lewis Hamilton also went on a long run, which amounted to a 20 lap stint on ultrasoft tyres. Perhaps with the pace shown by Mercedes today he might think differently about who are the favourites heading into the 2017 season…