F1 testing: Leclerc fastest for Ferrari in Barcelona

Day three of F1 testing in Barcelona is are living on the BBC Sport web blueprint from 08:00 GMT

Charles Leclerc achieve Ferrari on top for the 2d day in a row at the launch of pre-season testing in Spain.

The 21-year-passe Monegasque, who steps as a lot as Ferrari this season after an spectacular debut year in 2018, headed McLaren’s British amateur Lando Norris.

Leclerc’s time used to be within 0.1 seconds of that completed by team-mate Sebastian Vettel in atmosphere the ride on Monday.

Crimson Bull’s Pierre Gasly had a demolish slack within the day, whereas world champion Lewis Hamilton used to be Tenth for Mercedes.

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Gasly misplaced lift a watch on on the entry to Turn 12 and spun into the gravel trap slack within the afternoon, brushing the barrier alongside with his rear soar.

The Frenchman looked mortified to agree with crashed on his first day in a fresh vehicle following his promotion to a top team, after spending last year with Crimson Bull junior team Toro Rosso.

Gasly sat within the vehicle for some time after the incident, and when he climbed out left his helmet on till he had returned to the pits and long gone out of perceive at the help of the storage.

He used to be not the utterly driver to agree with a ‘moment’ – Leclerc had a trek at the chicane, as Vettel did on Monday, whereas British-born Thai amateur Alexander Albon spun into the gravel on his first lap out of the pits on his debut for Toro Rosso.

Albon later spun again and ended the day fourth quickest of 11 drivers who took fragment within the day, using the 2d-fastest C2 tyres, which Norris also weak for his rapidly time slack within the day.

Reigning champion Lewis Hamilton in action all thru testing in Barcelona

Leclerc used to be a 2d particular of the sector till Norris’ improvement, an gape-catching efficiency within the McLaren – even though an earlier, somewhat slower, time space on two-step more challenging tyres used to be arguably more spectacular.

In the help of Norris, Kevin Magnussen’s Haas used to be third fastest ahead of Albon, the Alfa Romeo of Italian Antonio Giovinazzi, Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas and Gasly.

Headline lap times in pre-season are a notoriously unreliable handbook to form on yarn of teams originate not boom the specification whereby automobiles are running, and tyres, gasoline hundreds and engine modes all agree with a serious raise out on lap time.

On top of that, teams are at this stage focusing more on reliability and learning somewhat than absolute ride.

Five-time champions Mercedes in explicit consistently have a tendency to accelerate a low-key programme in testing.

However, Ferrari’s reliability and ride has impressed onlookers.

On Monday, Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff acknowledged they “looked ultra-stable”. On Tuesday, Renault driver Daniel Ricciardo acknowledged: Ferrari agree with arrive out stable – I in actuality feel love they’ve the last few seasons. Performance and reliability for the time being, they seem like constructing an announcement. That is in actuality the utterly team that is stood out for now.”

Crimson Bull’s Pierre Gasly crashed all thru at the moment’s testing

Williams were lacking for a 2d consecutive day as they fought delays to the admire of their fresh vehicle, which used to be because of switch away their Oxfordshire manufacturing unit to circulation to Barcelona on Tuesday evening.

Williams bid the vehicle must aloof be at the be aware by 04:00-05:00 native time on Wednesday, after which they’re going to want to enact the admire.

The team inquire of so as to accelerate after lunch on Wednesday and at last fetch their pre-season testing programme off the ground.

Fastest times, day two, first pre-season take a look at, Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya

1 Charles Leclerc (Mon) Ferrari one minute 18.247 seconds ***

2 Lando Norris (GB) McLaren 1:18.553 ****

3 Kevin Magnussen (Den) Haas 1:19.206 ***

4 Alexander Albon (Tha) Toro Rosso 1:19.301 ****

5 Antonio Giovinazzi (Ita) Alfa Romeo 1:19.312 ****

6 Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Mercedes 1:19.535 ***

7 Pierre Gasly (Fra) Crimson Bull 1:19.814 ***

8 Nico Hulkenberg (Ger) Renault 1:19.837 ***

9 Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) Renault 1:19.886 ***

10 Lewis Hamilton (GB) Mercedes 1:19.928 ***

11 Lance Stroll (Can) Racing Level 1:20.433 ***

12 Pietro Fittipaldi (Brz) Haas 1:21.849 ***

Key: * = C1 tyre (hardest); ** = C2 (2d hardest); *** = C3 (heart); C4 **** = (2d softest); ***** = C5 (softest)

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