Daniel Ricciardo takes Red Bull to the top on day two of pre-season testing
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News March 7, 2018 Updated: 7:13 PM PT
MONTMELO, Spain — Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo finished at the top of the timesheet on the second day of pre-season winter testing in Barcelona, Spain. Ricciardo also set a new track record with a time of 1:18.047 beating the time first set by Felipe Massa in 2008.
“It was a good day today. I survived!” said Ricciardo, who was scheduled to drive yesterday but was forced to sit out the session due a mild illness. “Today’s was an optimistic run plan and I didn’t think we’d get that much done but we got through all of it, so that was good. I think I’ll sleep well tonight!”
Along with the new track record, Ricciardo also put down some monster mileage, racking up 165 laps which gave him the highest individual total for the day. Lewis Hamilton finished second and was 0.353 behind Riccardo with teammate Valtteri Bottas in third.
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel finished fourth taking over for teammate Kimi Räikkönen in the morning. New Zealand driver Brendon Hartley finished fifth but suffered a spin during the session. Hartley took on the Pirelli’s new pink banded hyper soft tires to finish with a time of 1:19.823 as the team continue to look impressive throughout pre-season testing.
Fernando Alonso and McLaren’s troubles continue during the second week of winter testing. After only a short time on track, the team discovered an oil leak forcing Alonso back into the garage as the team preformed an engine change. The time lost in the garage only allowed for Alonso to return for the closing minutes of the session to finish sixth with 57 laps logged in.
“It’s a shame we lost track time today due to another time-consuming issue. However, in many ways I’m glad these problems are occurring now – in testing – as this is exactly why we’re here,” said Racing Director Eric Boullier.
Carlos Sainz kicked things off in the morning finishing seventh and racking up 88 laps for Renault. Haas F1’s day was cut short after tending to an oil leak and leaving driver Romain Grosjean to finish eighth with only 78 laps.
Ferrari’s progress continued with Kimi Raikkonen taking over for teammate Sebsatian Vettel in the afternoon as Raikkonen finished ninth and logged in 49 laps for the Scuderia.
Lance Stroll ended the day tenth for Williams as the young Canadian logged in 63 laps before handing the car over to his teammate Sergey Sirotkin. After taking over from teammate Carlos Sainz, Nico Hulkenberg racked up some monster milage during the afternoon, posted 102 laps, and finished 11th.
Force India also packed on the miles as Esteban Ocon finished 12th with 130 laps in the books. Formula One rookie and F2 champion Charles Leclerc had a nice drive around the Barcelona circuit and finished the day 13th with 160 laps.
Despite finishing 14th due to a technical issue during the session, Sergey Sirotkin still contributed to Williams’ progress adding to his teammates mileage with 80 laps to end the day.
Pre-Season Test 2, Day 2
1. Ricciardo Red Bull 1:18.047s 165
2. Hamilton Mercedes 1:18.400s +0.353 90
3. Bottas Mercedes 1:18.560s +0.513 85
4. Vettel Ferrari 1:19.541s +1.494 66
5. Hartley Toro Rosso 1:19.823s +1.776 119
6. Alonso McLaren 1:19.856s +1.809 57
7. Sainz Renault 1:20.042s +1.995 88
8. Grosjean Haas 1:20.237s +2.190 78
9. Raikkonen Ferrari 1:20.242s +2.195 49
10. Stroll Williams 1:20.349s +2.302 63
11 .Hulkenberg Renault 1:20.758s +2.711 102
12. Ocon Force India 1:20.805s +2.758 130
13. Leclerc Sauber 1:20.919s +2.872 160
14. Sirotkin Williams 1:22.350s +4.303 80