Barcelona F1 test report: Leclerc leads Norris, Gasly crashes

Charles Leclerc topped the second day of Formula 1 testing at Barcelona, while Red Bull's latest signing Pierre Gasly crashed in the afternoon session

Barcelona F1 test report: Leclerc leads Norris, Gasly crashes

Leclerc, replacing Kimi Raikkonen in the team for 2019, set the fastest time of the day in the morning session, and held on to complete his first full day in a proper session for Ferrari on top and having covered 157 laps.

He set a 1m18.247s on the C3 tyre, which narrowly missed out on his team-mate Sebastian Vettel's 1m18.161s, which the latter also set on C3s after conducting all of Ferrari's first day of running on Monday.

While Leclerc's day in the Ferrari was a success, Pierre Gasly - the other man moving to a frontrunning team for 2019 - had a disappointing end to his full debut with Red Bull, crashing at the long right-hander at Turn 12.

The rear-end of the car snapped loose at the corner entry, and the Honda-powered machine slid rear-left-first into the tyre barrier. The crash finished the day for the team.

Most drivers concentrated on long runs during the session as testing got into fill swing. But there was a late flurry of improvements.

Lando Norris completed one of the longest stints of the afternoon in the McLaren and, like team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr the day before, he bolted on the C4 tyre - softer than that used by Leclerc - for a late push.

With it, he secured second place with a 1m18.553s, and finished the day on 100 laps.

Also improving late was Toro Rosso's Alexander Albon on the C4s, after what appeared to be an impressive long-run on the C2.

He set a 1m19.301s to round out the day, which started with a crash but ended with 132 laps completed.

Albon's time wasn't quite enough to jump Kevin Magnussen, who set a 1m19.206s for the third fastest time for Haas.

The team conducted 59 laps in Magnussen's hands, and then a further 13 with debutante Pietro Fittipaldi.

Fittipaldi got his first taste of the current Haas late in the afternoon, as Magnussen was having trouble with his seat.

The Brazilian, who is due to take the car for Wednesday morning too, finished Tuesday at the foot of the order with a lap of 1m21.849s.

Antonio Giovinazzi used the C4 tyre to claim fifth for the Ferrari-powered Alfa Romeo outfit. On his first day in the car he stacked up 101 laps after taking over from Kimi Raikkonen.

Valtteri Bottas took the wheel of the Mercedes for the afternoon only, and set the sixth fastest time on the C3 tyre. His time was comfortably Mercedes' fastest of the test so far, but his long-run pace - especially on the C3 tyre - was extremely impressive.

Behind Gasly, Nico Hulkenberg set the eighth fastest time, while his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo kept the ninth fastest time. Lewis Hamilton was 10th as he and Ricciardo handed over to their team-mates for the afternoon session.

Lance Stroll conducted a variety of run lengths for Racing Point during the day and set the 11th best time, ahead of Fittipaldi in the order.

Tuesday times

Pos Driver Car Time Laps
1. Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1m18.247s 157
2. Lando Norris McLaren-Renault 1m18.553s 104
3. Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1m19.206s 62
4. Alexander Albon Toro Rosso-Honda 1m19.301s 132
5. Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1m19.312s 191
6. Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m19.535s 89
7. Pierre Gasly Red Bull-Honda 1m19.814s 92
8. Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m19.837s 95
9. Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1m19.886s 28
10. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m19.928s 74
11. Lance Stroll Racing Point-Mercedes 1m20.433s 79
12. Pietro Fittipaldi Haas-Ferrari 1m21.849s 13


shares
comments
Delayed Williams 2019 F1 car to arrive at Barcelona in early hours

Previous article

Delayed Williams 2019 F1 car to arrive at Barcelona in early hours

Next article

F1 testing: Tuesday crash caught Red Bull's Gasly by surprise

F1 testing: Tuesday crash caught Red Bull's Gasly by surprise
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Drivers Pierre Gasly , Charles Leclerc , Lando Norris
Author Jack Benyon
How Brabham’s one-hit wonder was boxed into a corner Plus

How Brabham’s one-hit wonder was boxed into a corner

The Brabham BT46B raced once, won once, then vanished – or did it? STUART CODLING reveals the story of the car which was never actually banned…

The changes Barcelona needs to provide a modern-day F1 spectacle Plus

The changes Barcelona needs to provide a modern-day F1 spectacle

Formula 1’s visits to Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya over recent years have been met with familiar criticisms despite tweaks here and there to the track to improve racing. With the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix largely going the same way, proper solutions need to be followed to achieve F1’s wider targets

Formula 1
May 10, 2021
Spanish Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Spanish Grand Prix Driver Ratings

Often described as Formula 1's laboratory, the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona gave the clearest demonstration yet of the pecking order in 2021. And it's the key discrepancies from that order which illuminate who is excelling, and who needs to hit the reset button

Formula 1
May 10, 2021
How Red Bull’s deja vu set Hamilton on the winning path in Spain Plus

How Red Bull’s deja vu set Hamilton on the winning path in Spain

An aggressive first corner move from Max Verstappen appeared to have set the Red Bull driver on course for victory in the Spanish Grand Prix. But canny strategy from Mercedes - combined with the absence of Red Bull's number two from the lead group - allowed Lewis Hamilton to pull off a demoralising reversal

Formula 1
May 10, 2021
The toe-in-water origins of Lotus’s groundbreaking F1 journey Plus

The toe-in-water origins of Lotus’s groundbreaking F1 journey

In the first part of our history of Lotus, DAMIEN SMITH recalls how Formula 1 wasn’t an immediate priority for team founder Colin Chapman – but once he got a taste for it he just couldn’t stop…

Formula 1
May 9, 2021
How Hamilton’s qualifying record compares to Senna and Schumacher Plus

How Hamilton’s qualifying record compares to Senna and Schumacher

Lewis Hamilton has just become the first driver to record 100 world championship Formula 1 pole positions. Time to revisit a debate we discussed when he reached 150 front row starts in 2020.

Formula 1
May 8, 2021
Why sustainability is being mandated by F1 Plus

Why sustainability is being mandated by F1

Continuing to be socially acceptable as public views shift globally is vitally important to the future of motor racing, says PAT SYMONDS - especially in Formula 1, the championship that represents the technological peak

Formula 1
May 8, 2021
The Barcelona practice times that prove Red Bull's title credentials, and heap pressure on Verstappen Plus

The Barcelona practice times that prove Red Bull's title credentials, and heap pressure on Verstappen

Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes led the way in Friday practice for the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix, but there was one big encouraging sign for Red Bull. The trouble is, it looks like making good on that gain will require its superstar driver to avoid repeating a mistake made today that left him well down the FP2 order

Formula 1
May 7, 2021