Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel continue to impress as they top day 3 of pre-season testing
By: S.Harding, Xiro Xone News March 9, 2017 Updated: 5:44 PM
Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel finished on top of the third day of pre-season testing in Barcelona. Vettel set a time of 1:19.024 with 156 laps and ran a series of full grand prix simulations between the morning and afternoon, as well a series of other tests.
Vettel said: "At this point lap times don’t mean anything: we followed our programme and made progress but there’s still room for improvement.”
Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton was 0.328s off Vettel with a 1:19.352 focusing on data collection with the 2017 Pirelli tires and further set-up work.
Force India had a very productive day with Esteban Ocon ending the day with 137 laps as the team finished preparing the former Manor driver for his first race with the team. Force India are a strong favorite to be one of the top midfield teams after finishing fourth in the constructors' championship last season.
Toro Rosso had a productive day despite encountering a gearbox issue. The team still completed their program for the day, and Daniil Kvyat ended the day with 1:20.416 and 94 laps logged in leaving him fourth on the timesheet.
Kevin Magnussen finished the day with a hefty amount of laps as he racked up 119 for Haas F1 on the ultra-soft tire (Purple-stripe). The team's program consisted of reconnaissance laps followed by ongoing setup work and race simulations while gathering tire data on the medium, soft, super soft, and ultrasoft tires.
"I’m really happy with testing in general. I think we’ve learned a huge amount about the car. We know where we need to work between here and Australia," said Magnussen.
Red Bull and Daniel Ricciardo put down 128 laps with a time of 1:20.824 with Ricciardo spending the day working on short runs in the morning and a race simulation in the afternoon on his last day in the car before the season opener in Melbourne.
McLaren-Honda saw another frustrating day as Stoffel Vandoorne's car broke down twice due to an electrical issue that occurred in the car before lunch. The team were unable to identify the oringin of the problem, but Vandoorne was able to finish out the with a time of 1:21.348 48 laps on the ultra-soft tire.
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas took over for his teammate Lewis Hamilton in the afternoon where he spent most of the time focusing on long runs with a time of 1:21.819 and 95 laps, ahead of Sauber's Pascal Wehrlein, who also took part in the afternoon session along with Renault's Jolyon Palmer who ended his day with 53 laps as the team struggles through the second week of testing. Wehrlein's teammate Marcus Ericsson completed 88 laps.
Williams drivers Felipe Massa and Lance Stroll finished on the bottom of the timesheets after both focused on long runs. Lance Stroll completed 85 laps in the morning, while Teammate Felipe Massa took over in the afternoon with 80 laps also focusing on long runs.
Stroll said: "I was doing long runs on medium tyres and getting used to the car on them, which is good. We did a lot of laps. I am still getting to know the car a bit better, so it was a positive morning."
2017 Formula One Testing – Barcelona Test 2, Day Three
1 S. Vettel Ferrari 1:19.024 156 Laps
2 L. Hamilton Mercedes 1:19.352 0.328 52 Laps
3 E. Ocon Force India 1:20.161 1.137 137 Laps
4 D. Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:20.416 1.392 94 Laps
5 K. Magnussen Haas 1:20.504 1.480 119 Laps
6 D. Ricciardo Red Bull 1:20.824 1.800 128 Laps
7 S. Vandoorne McLaren 1:21.348 2.324 48 Laps
8 V. Bottas Mercedes 1:21.819 2.795 95 Laps
9 P. Wehrlein Sauber 1:22.347 3.323 44 Laps
10 J. Palmer Renault 1:22.418 3.394 53 Laps
11 M. Ericsson Sauber 1:23.330 4.306 88 Laps
12 F. Massa Williams 1:24.443 5.419 80 Laps
13 L. Stroll Williams 1:24.863 5.839 85 Laps