Barcelona F1 test report: Daniil Kvyat fastest for Toro Rosso

Toro Rosso-Honda's Daniil Kvyat delivered a phenomenal late lap to set the fastest time of Formula 1 pre-season testing at Barcelona, while the Williams lapped for the first time

Barcelona F1 test report: Daniil Kvyat fastest for Toro Rosso

Alfa Romeo driver Kimi Raikkonen had led the morning session, and it looked like his early time would hold for the day until just over 10 minutes to go.

But Kvyat bolted the softest Pirelli tyres - the C5 - to his Toro Rosso, and set a 1m17.704s, 0.058 seconds quicker than Raikkonen.

Kvyat had tried to beat the benchmark a few minutes earlier and jumped into second, before going one better.

Fellow late charger Daniel Ricciardo secured third for Renault, running the C4 tyre to his benefit.

The Australian had focused on long runs on the C2 tyre as he took over the car from morning runner Nico Hulkenberg, but still pumped in a rapid lap to secure third place.

While the late runners battled, the Williams remained in the pits having completed 23 laps in the hands of George Russell.

The car didn't arrive at the circuit until 4am, and wasn't ready for the morning session.

Russell set a best time of 1m25.625s, and that lap came with a huge slide at the entry to the final chicane, which threw the car into the run-off area.

Sebastian Vettel didn't improve on his morning time as he focused on longer runs throughout the session and by the end he was sat in the pits as others went for the top times. The Ferrari completed 134 laps.

Max Verstappen helped his Red Bull team to rebound from its difficult day when Pierre Gasly crashed the Honda-powered car on Tuesday afternoon.

The team completed 109 laps, with Verstappen setting his best time on the C3 tyre in the morning - the same tyre Vettel used to finish one spot ahead.

Hulkenberg held sixth with his morning time, ahead of Romain Grosjean's Haas - which stopped three times during the day.

Pietro Fittipaldi was the first Haas man to stop on track, before Grosjean halted at the start and end of the afternoon session, the latter bringing out the red flag and costing teams four minutes of running.

Fittipaldi took eighth behind Grosjean, after his second consecutive session in the car, while McLaren elected not to fit the C4 tyres to its car for a late lap as it had done the previous two days.

The team appeared later than most in the morning, completing 90 laps, and Carlos Sainz Jr ended the day ninth.

Sergio Perez rounded out the top 10 for Racing Point, on another day where it lacked the number of completed laps of most of its rivals.

The two Mercedes, headed by morning driver Valtteri Bottas, set 11th and 12th fastest times but, in typical fashion, conducted long runs. The champion team is still to use the softer C4 tyre in anger, having run on the C1, C2 and C3 so far.

Bottas and Lewis Hamilton did combine for the highest number of laps for any car, on 182 laps finished.

Russell rounded out the order for Williams.

Wednesday test times

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Honda 1m17.704s - 137
2 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1m17.762s 0.058s 138
3 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1m18.164s 0.460s 80
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m18.350s 0.646s 134
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Honda 1m18.787s 1.083s 109
6 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m18.800s 1.096s 63
7 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m19.060s 1.356s 69
8 Pietro Fittipaldi Haas/Ferrari 1m19.249s 1.545s 48
9 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren/Renault 1m19.354s 1.650s 90
10 Sergio Perez Racing Point/Mercedes 1m20.202s 2.498s 67
11 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m20.693s 2.989s 88
12 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m20.818s 3.114s 94
13 George Russell Williams/Mercedes 1m25.625s 7.921s 23

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