F1 testing: Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes on top with super-softs

Lewis Hamilton set the pace on the second morning of Formula 1 pre-season testing at Barcelona as Mercedes tried the super-soft tyre for the first time

F1 testing: Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes on top with super-softs

The three-time world champion led the way for much of the morning running with a 1m21.766s - 0.001 seconds slower than the time that left him fastest overall on Monday - but he then dipped under the 1m21s mark for the first time with a super-soft run 20 minutes before lunch.

While his 1m20.9s represented an improvement of 0.8s, his final sector was 0.3s down on the best time he managed on the soft tyre, so a much bigger improvement was possible.

That left Hamilton 1.8s clear of Ferrari, which stuck to its plan of running the medium-compound as Kimi Raikkonen took over from Sebastian Vettel for day two despite the Finn being unwell with a type of flu.

After a late start Force India made up for lost time with some soft-tyre runs for Esteban Ocon, leaving the Frenchman third in the order.

However, the team then caused the second red flag of the day just before the lunchbreak, with Ocon coming to a stop at the end of backstraight, past Turn 10.

The other stoppage was very brief, when Williams rookie Lance Stroll spun at Turn 9. As the Canadian had the circuit to himself and was able to rejoin after bouncing through the gravel at high-speed, the track was quickly declared clear again.

However, Stroll's high-speed off appeared to damage the FW40, and after completing 12 laps early in the day he did not return to the track before lunch.

Also in trouble were McLaren, Sauber and Renault.

After a problematic first day, McLaren's Tuesday kicked off with Stoffel Vandoorne stopping the MCL32 in the pit entrance at the end of his second lap.

Following a short spell in the garage after mechanics pushed the car back, Vandoorne was able to log 29 laps.

Then more bad news followed later in the morning, when Honda confirmed it was carrying out its second engine change of the week after losing power - with the cause of the problem unknown.

Both Sauber and Renault failed to set a representative time.

Sauber said its delay was engine-related after stand-in Antonio Giovinazzi completed two installation laps early on, while Renault claimed it was continuing overnight work fitting new parts that had arrived for the RS17.

Renault's plan to get out before the lunchbreak appeared to be scuppered by the Ocon stoppage, but with the session being extended beyond 1pm to allow for an extra five minutes of running, Jolyon Palmer headed out when the track reopened.

He was joined by Giovinazzi, who stayed out to post his first time of the day, 12.7s down on Hamilton's best.

Mercedes used the extra time to send Hamilton out on the ultra-soft tyre, but he returned to the pits before setting a time.

One man who did improve in the additional five minutes was Kevin Magnussen, who thrust Haas up to fourth ahead of Max Verstappen's Red Bull - both teams using soft for their best laps.

Red Bull, which also had reliability dramas on day one, completed the same number of laps as McLaren with 29.

TUESDAY MORNING TIMES:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m20.983ss 1m20.983s 56
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m22.831ss 1.848s 47
3 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m23.180ss 2.197s 27
4 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m23.200ss 2.217s 36
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m23.212ss 2.229s 31
6 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m25.012ss 4.029s 44
7 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m26.040ss 5.057s 12
8 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m26.201ss 5.218s 29
9 Antonio Giovinazzi Sauber/Ferrari 1m33.741ss 12.758s 5
10 Jolyon Palmer Renault - - 1


shares
comments
Fernando Alonso hopes fans 'forget what they saw' in pre-2017 F1

Previous article

Fernando Alonso hopes fans 'forget what they saw' in pre-2017 F1

Next article

Lance Stroll's Formula 1 test incident ends Williams's day early

Lance Stroll's Formula 1 test incident ends Williams's day early
Load comments
The ‘screaming’ F1 engine future that may not be out of reach Plus

The ‘screaming’ F1 engine future that may not be out of reach

OPINION: It wasn't just the Verstappen/Hamilton clash that had the Red Bull and Mercedes bosses at loggerheads at Silverstone, with the nature of Formula 1's 2025 engines also subject for disagreement. But hopes to have loud, emotive engines that are also environmentally friendly don't have to be opposed

The drivers that need to strike gold before F1's summer break Plus

The drivers that need to strike gold before F1's summer break

OPINION: Formula 1 is about to break up for summer 2021, with the title battles finely poised. But it’s not just the latest round of Max Verstappen vs Lewis Hamilton that will be worth watching this weekend in Hungary, as plenty of drivers are eying big results to change the stories of their seasons so far

Formula 1
Jul 28, 2021
How Lotus F1 uncovered, then squandered its last ‘unfair advantage’ Plus

How Lotus F1 uncovered, then squandered its last ‘unfair advantage’

Cast in the mould of its founder Colin Chapman, Lotus was powerful and daring but 
flawed – as it proved through further soaring peaks and painful troughs into the 1980s. DAMIEN SMITH examines a game-changing era

Formula 1
Jul 27, 2021
The core problems Yas Marina’s long-awaited tweaks won't address Plus

The core problems Yas Marina’s long-awaited tweaks won't address

OPINION: Changes to the layout of Abu Dhabi’s circuit aim to reverse the trend of insipid Formula 1 races there - the promoter has even described one of the new corners as “iconic”. And that, argues STUART CODLING, is one of this venue’s abiding failings

Formula 1
Jul 26, 2021
How Ferrari offered Britain's next F1 prospect what Red Bull couldn't Plus

How Ferrari offered Britain's next F1 prospect what Red Bull couldn't

Last year's Formula 2 runner-up Callum Ilott could be on his way to becoming the first Briton to contest a grand prix in an Alfa Romeo since Reg Parnell in 1950. But, says OLEG KARPOV, the Ferrari Driver Academy protege is having to temper his ambition at the moment – outwardly at least…

Formula 1
Jul 25, 2021
The signs that point to F1's rude health Plus

The signs that point to F1's rude health

OPINION: Formula 1's calendar might still be facing disruption as the pandemic affects travel but, says MARK GALLAGHER, the business itself is fundamentally strong thanks to the epic rivalry taking place on track and the consistent arrival of new sponsors

Formula 1
Jul 24, 2021
The unexpected benefit of F1’s sprint race repeat Plus

The unexpected benefit of F1’s sprint race repeat

OPINION: Formula 1's sprint race trial at Silverstone drew mixed feedback on Saturday, but there remained the true test of how it would impact Sunday's Grand Prix. While fans were busy marvelling at Fernando Alonso's progress, a key lesson was being learned that would directly contribute to the dramatic lap one clash at Copse the following day

Formula 1
Jul 22, 2021
The off-track considerations that led to F1’s Hamilton/Verstappen Silverstone shunt Plus

The off-track considerations that led to F1’s Hamilton/Verstappen Silverstone shunt

OPINION: Formula 1’s 2021 title fight turned ugly last weekend when Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton collided at the start of the British Grand Prix. Verstappen thankfully walked away unharmed, but this had been a clash long-since coming

Formula 1
Jul 21, 2021