Valtteri Bottas tops the timesheet on day 2 of pre-season testing
By: S.Harding, Xiro Xone News March 8, 2017 Updated: 8:09 PM
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas had a strong finish on the second day of pre-season testing in Barcelona as Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen's day was cut short after crashing midway through the afternoon.
Bottas set a time of 1:19.310 with 70 laps under his belt on the super-soft tires (Red-striped). Teammate Lewis Hamilton completed 79 laps with a 1:20.702, just 1.3s from Bottas.
“We’re definitely making good progress as a team and I’m feeling more and more comfortable in the car every time I go out on track,” said Bottas.
Williams driver, Felipe Massa finished 0.1s behind his former Williams teammate's time on the ultra-soft tire (Purple-stripe) with 63 laps in the morning session. Massa's teammate Lance Stroll put down a 1:20.579 in the afternoon session gathering tire data and racking up a healthy amount of mileage.
Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen ended the day in third with only 53 laps after losing the rear of his car at Turn 3 and damaging his front wing. Red Bull's Max Verstappen packed on the mileage finishing the day with 102 laps despite the team running into a technical issue which prompted an engine change during lunch and another issue that forced Verstappen to pull his car over towards the end of the session.
Renault's Nico Hulkenberg logged in 61 laps in the morning focusing on set-up work. Jolyon Palmer was set to work on long runs when a hydraulic issue reduced him to just 29 laps. Force India and Sergio Perez had another strong day racking up 100 laps, spending the early part of the day performing aero test and set-up options.
Toro Rosso also finished the day strong with Carlos Sainz putting in 92 laps exploring various tire compounds.
Romain Grosjean and Haas F1 continue to grow their fan base in the states and the rest of the world with their impressive pre-season testing results. Grosjean ended the day with 96 laps in the books, with the day consisting of working through the medium, hard, and soft tires.
“We did most of the program we wanted to do. We’re still evaluating how the car is going and how we can improve the setup and find the weaknesses and strengths. Hopefully, before Melbourne we’ll have the time to make some small adjustments aerodynamically and mechanically to get there and be ready for a good performance. I’m very much looking forward to getting back in on Friday,” said Grosjean.
Sauber had a busy day lined up for drivers Pascal Wehrlein and Marcus Ericsson, with Wehrlein putting in 59 laps during the morning session followed by Ericsson in the afternoon with 46. “It’s getting better for me day by day,” said Wehrlein.
Frustrations continue as McLaren-Honda battle more issues during testing. Fernando Alonso put down 46 laps which landed them 12th at the end of the day. Despite the issues, the team pushed ahead with its scheduled test program which consisted of aero mapping in the morning followed by handling and set-up changes in the afternoon.
Racing Director Eric Boullire said: “On paper, today doesn’t look like it was too successful for us, but in reality we’ve managed to cover a lot of ground. We opted for longer set-up changes and shorter runs between them in order to get the data from each outing and ensure correlation, before making further changes. It meant less track time, but ultimately gave us the information we needed to validate the direction we're going in with the car, and progress through our preparation work for Melbourne.”
2017 Formula One Testing – Barcelona Test 2, Day Two
1 V. Bottas Mercedes 1:19.310 70 Laps
2 F. Massa Williams 1:19.420 0.110 63 Laps
3 K. Räikkönen Ferrari 1:20.406 1.096 53 Laps
4 M. Verstappen Red Bull 1:20.432 1.122 102 Laps
5 L. Stroll Williams 1:20.579 1.269 59 Laps
6 L. Hamilton Mercedes 1:20.702 1.392 79 Laps
7 N. Hülkenberg Renault 1:21.213 1.903 61 Laps
8 S. Pérez Force India 1:21.297 1.987 100 Laps
9 C. Sainz Toro Rosso 1:21.872 2.562 92 Laps
10 R. Grosjean Haas 1:21.887 2.577 96 Laps
11 P. Wehrlein Sauber 1:23.000 3.690 59 Laps
12 F. Alonso McLaren 1:23.041 3.731 46 Laps
13 M. Ericsson Sauber 1:23.384 4.074 46 Laps
14 J. Palmer Renault 1:24.774 5.464 29 Laps