F1 testing 2017: Felipe Massa tops first day of second Barcelona test

Williams driver Felipe Massa set the pace on the first day of Formula 1's second pre-season test at Barcelona

F1 testing 2017: Felipe Massa tops first day of second Barcelona test

Massa's best time from the morning session, a 1m19.726s on super-softs, went unbeaten for the rest of the day, as most teams opted to focus on longer runs.

The fastest time of the afternoon came courtesy of Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari, with the German logging a 1m19.906s on soft tyres with just under two hours of the day remaining.

That however was only enough for third behind Massa and Daniel Ricciardo, who was second fastest in the morning on ultra-softs, Vettel slotting in just 0.006s behind his former Red Bull team-mate.

Vettel and Massa set an identical amount of laps, both drivers completing 168.

After Lewis Hamilton only managed 49 laps in the morning with a damaged floor, Valtteri Bottas was able to rack up 86 in the afternoon to give Mercedes a combined total of 135 for the day.

Bottas's best time was a 1m20.924s on soft tyres, putting the Finn fifth ahead of Esteban Ocon, who managed 142 laps in the Force India.

Seventh was Renault's Nico Hulkenberg, who completed 57 laps after the power unit problem that curtailed team-mate Jolyon Palmer's morning running - but the German came to a halt on track just moments before the chequered flag, causing the day's only red flag.

A best lap of 1m21.989s on softs was enough to put Hulkenberg clear of Kevin Magnussen (Haas), Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso) and Stoffel Vandoorne (McLaren).

Vandoorne recovered from McLaren's latest Honda engine change to record a total of 80 laps for the day, setting a marginally quicker time in the afternoon than he had done in the morning, albeit still 2.811s off the pace.

Sauber's Marcus Ericsson slotted in between team-mate Pascal Wehrlein and Palmer in 12th place, just under four seconds slower than Massa.

TEST TWO DAY ONE TIMES

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m19.726s - 168
2 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m19.900s 0.174s 89
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m19.906s 0.180s 168
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m20.456s 0.730s 49
5 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m20.924s 1.198s 86
6 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m21.347s 1.621s 142
7 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m21.589s 1.863s 58
8 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m21.676s 1.950s 81
9 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m21.743s 2.017s 83
10 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m22.537s 2.811s 80
11 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1m23.336s 3.610s 47
12 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m23.630s 3.904s 53
13 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m24.790s 5.064s 15


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