Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel tops day three of winter testing
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News March 8, 2018 Updated: 2:24 PM PT
MONTMELO, Spain — Ferrari driver Sebsatian Vettel stepped things up after breaking the new track record set by Daniel Ricciardo yesterday at Circuit de Barcelona.
Vettel set a time of 1:17.182, just 1.178s ahead of Haas’ Kevin Magnussen in second. Pierre Gasly finished third and posted another impressive chunk of milage with 169 laps.
“The times on these test days don’t mean much,” said Vettel. “The important thing is that the SF71H has proved to be very strong, allowing us to run all day without any significant problems. We are still working on some things for the first race and it’s not really possible to make any predictions based on the performance of the other teams, because everyone is running a different program. However, I’m happy for the guys in the team.”
Both Renault drivers finished with a healthy amount of laps. Nico Hulkenberg finished fourth with 79 laps and teammate Carlos Sainz finished fifth with 69. McLaren made progress after a troubled few days as Stoffel Vandoorne finished sixth with an impressive 151 laps.
After his teammate Charles Leclerc logged in some healthy milage yesterday, Marcus Ericsson enjoyed his time out on track posting a 148 laps for Sauber and finishing seventh ahead of Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas in eight and ninth.
Formula One icon and Williams development driver Robert Kubica finished tenth, adding 73 laps to the team’s growing total. Sergio Perez enjoyed time behind the wheel of the VJM11, making the best out of his day, finishing 11th, and logging in 159 laps for Force India.
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen took the day to work though the team’s run program which consisted of runs on the soft and ultra soft tire. Verstappen also racked up some hefty milage ending the day with 187 laps and finishing 12th.
“Today was about doing a lot of laps… a lot of laps!” said Verstppen. “The focus for us today was on long runs and the feeling with the car was good. No problems with the car and I was happy with the pace. We can definitely work from here. If it’s going to be good enough, we’ll have to wait and see. We’ll find out when we get into the races, but I think we can be happy with what we have. I’m ready for it.”
Following Kubica’s work on track in the morning, Lance Stroll finished out the afternoon in 13th with 67 laps posted.
Pre-Season Test 2, Day 3
1. Vettel Ferrari 1:17.182 188
2. Magnussen Haas 1:18.360 +1.178 153
3. Gasly Toro Rosso 1:18.363 +1.181 169
4. Hulkenberg Renault 1:18.675 +1.493 79
5. Sainz Renault 1:18.725 +1.543 69
6. Vandoorne McLaren 1:18.855 +1.673 151
7. Ericsson Sauber 1:19.244 +2.062 148
8. Hamilton Mercedes 1:19.296 +2.350 84
9. Bottas Mercedes 1:19.532 +2.114 97
10. Kubica Williams 1:19.629 +2.447 73
11. Perez Force India 1:19.634 +2.452 159
12. Verstappen Red Bull 1:19.842 +2.660 187
13. Stroll Williams 1:20.262 +3.080 67