Barcelona F1 testing: Raikkonen tops day two, causes first red flag

Kimi Raikkonen ended the second day of Formula 1 pre-season testing fastest for Alfa Romeo before causing a red flag, as Mercedes debuted its new dual-axis steering system

Barcelona F1 testing: Raikkonen tops day two, causes first red flag

After Sergio Perez led the way in the morning session, Raikkonen was able to displace the Racing Point driver at the top of the timesheet in the final hour of running.

Raikkonen set a time of 1m17.091s on the softest available tyre - C5 - with 45 minutes remaining, giving him top spot by two tenths of a second.

It capped off a productive day for Raikkonen, who racked up 134 laps in his first extended run in the new Alfa Romeo C39 car, having only previously driven it during the Fiorano shakedown last week.

Raikkonen later sparked the first red flag of 2020 pre-season running when his Alfa Romeo car came to a halt between Turn 8 and Turn 9 with 17 minutes left on the clock, effectively bringing the day to an early end - though running did resume with six minutes left of the clock.

Early pacesetter Perez failed to beat his morning benchmark after focusing on long runs in the afternoon, but still finished the day second overall ahead of Renault's Daniel Ricciardo.

Ricciardo completed fewer laps than any other driver after only featuring in the morning session, managing just 41 before handing over to team-mate Esteban Ocon, who finished 12th fastest, for the afternoon.

Alex Albon finished fourth for Red Bull in his maiden outing in the new Red Bull RB16, while AlphaTauri's Pierre Gasly ended up fifth.

After missing the opening day of testing through illness, Sebastian Vettel featured for Ferrari on Thursday afternoon, recording 73 laps en route to sixth place overall.

Charles Leclerc was less than two tenths behind Vettel in eighth, the pair split by Williams's George Russell, who continued the team's strong start to testing with 116 laps in the book.

Lewis Hamilton set Mercedes's fastest time of the day in ninth place, but his running was more notable for the first usage of the team's dual-axis steering (DAS) system.

Hamilton was spotted making adjustments to the toe angle of the front wheels by pulling the steering wheel towards his body during the morning session, sparking intrigue through the paddock.

Team-mate Valtteri Bottas took over in the Mercedes W11 for the afternoon, and was also seen using the DAS system.

Bottas added 77 laps to Hamilton's tally of 106 from the morning, though Mercedes' day was brought to an early end by an electrical issue.

Bottas propped up the timesheets in 13th place after focusing on long runs, with his day coming to an end with one hour left on the clock due to an electrical issue.

Lando Norris took 10th for McLaren ahead of Haas driver Romain Grosjean as both recorded more than two race distances through Thursday's running.

Grosjean had the biggest off on Thursday when he lost his Haas VF-20 at Turn 4 and went off backwards towards the tyre wall.

The right endplate on his rear wing was damaged after a small impact, but he was able to recover the car to the pits.

Friday marks the final day of running at the opening pre-season test, which starts at 9am local time at Barcelona.

Day two times

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1m17.091s - 134
2 Sergio Perez Racing Point/Mercedes 1m17.347s 0.256s 145
3 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1m17.749s 0.658s 41
4 Alexander Albon Red Bull/Honda 1m17.912s 0.821s 134
5 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri/Honda 1m18.121s 1.030s 147
6 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m18.154s 1.063s 73
7 George Russell Williams/Mercedes 1m18.266s 1.175s 116
8 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1m18.335s 1.244s 49
9 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m18.387s 1.296s 106
10 Lando Norris McLaren/Renault 1m18.474s 1.383s 137
11 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m18.496s 1.405s 158
12 Esteban Ocon Renault 1m18.557s 1.466s 52
13 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m19.307s 2.216s 77

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