F1: Ferrari’s Vettel Fastest 2nd Day of Testing
Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) Sebastian Vettel ran faster than MercedesAMG’s Valtteri Bottas on the 2nd session of F1 testing on Tuesday in Spain, as the unseasonably cold weather continued.
Mr. Vettel set the pace with a lap of 1 min, 19.673 secs in the German’s 1st drive of the new Ferrari.
Mr. Bottas was next at 0.303 secs slower in his MercedesAMG racer.
They were followed by McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne, who edged Red Bull’s Max Verstappen for the 3rd fastest time.
Cold and wet conditions, which reduce the tire’s grip on the track, limited driving for a 2nd straight day with only 6 more test days left before the season starts in Melbourne, Australia in late March.
A track temperature of 4 degrees (39 F) when the session started kept most drivers in the garages until things warmed up by Noon.
Light snow fell on the track as temperatures fell again with an hour remaining for the session.
More snow is forecast Wednesday.
Even with temperatures at their highest, both Mr. Vettel and Sauber’s Charles Leclerc spun off the track and into the gravel.
Kevin Magnussen had the biggest scare of the day. The Team Haas driver was about to crash when he managed to regain control and skirt just alongside the barrier and returned to the track.
McLaren’s Fernando Alonso had a wheel pop off Monday, limiting his driving time, such things do not bode well for a team trying to rebound after three disappointing years with Honda by changing to Renault engines.
Defending world champion Lewis Hamilton was scheduled to relieve Mr. Bottas midday Tuesday. But MercedesAMG announced after the lunch break was cancelled that Mr. Bottas would continue behind the wheel “to maximize our mileage after the poor track conditions limited running this morning.”
That means Mr. Hamilton has made just 25 laps in the MercedesAMG racer so far.
Mr. Vettel recorded the most laps for the session with 98, 4 more than Mr. Bottas.
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