F1 testing: McLaren top despite troubles; Mercedes loses running

McLaren driver Lando Norris headed the first day of Formula 1's second pre-season test despite stopping twice on track, beating long-time pacesetter Pierre Gasly to top spot by 0.006 seconds

F1 testing: McLaren top despite troubles; Mercedes loses running

Norris covered 38 laps in the morning but missed the final hour and 40 minutes of that session when he stopped with a reported loss of hydraulic pressure.

He completed solid mileage when running got back under way after the lunchbreak, but did not improve on the 1m22.306s he set shortly after 10am local time until 5:15pm when he recorded a 1m19.264s on the softest compound C5 Pirelli tyre.

That was the first of three short runs the McLaren driver completed, with the second hoisting him up to fourth before he shot to the top of the times with a 1m17.709s lap on the C4 compound.

But Norris stopped again exiting Turn 2 with just over 20 minutes of the session remaining, bringing out a third red flag of the day that left just 12 minutes of green-flag running when the session resumed.

Red Bull driver Gasly had been fastest in the morning until a late improvement from Alfa Romeo's Antonio Giovinazzi, and was denied top spot again by Norris's late effort.

But his lap of 1m17.715s on the C3 compound was more than a second faster than the best effort a Red Bull-Honda achieved in the first week of testing, while Gasly also recorded a session-high 136 laps.

Lewis Hamilton enjoyed a trouble-free morning focused mostly on long runs on the C2 and C3 tyres, but the same could not be said for Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas - who stopped on his out-lap in the afternoon with an oil pressure issue.

Mercedes changed its engine as a precaution and Bottas made it out before the end of the session and completed a further six laps to end the day in 11th.

Lance Stroll was third in the Racing Point-Mercedes, just 0.115s shy of Norris's time with 82 laps to his name.

Sebastian Vettel spent the afternoon in Ferrari's SF90 and had a brief spell at the top of the times, before spending the latter part of the afternoon concentrating on long runs on the C4 and C3 compounds.

While Vettel logged 81 laps, his team-mate Charles Leclerc was limited to just 29 after Ferrari spent much of the morning checking its cooling system.

He ended the day with the seventh-fastest time.

Morning pacesetter Giovinazzi ended up fifth, failing to improve on his early benchmark in the afternoon, while Toro Rosso's Alexander Albon jumped up to sixth late on with a 1m18.649s lap on the C4 tyres and was one of four drivers to surpass the 100-lap mark.

Kevin Magnussen (Haas) and Williams driver George Russell were the other two aside from Gasly to pass that count, and ended the day eighth and ninth in the times.

Russell spent some time in the morning completing more checks for Williams, which missed the opening two days of last week's first test, but was able to attempt performance runs in the morning before focusing on longer runs in the afternoon.

The top 10 was completed by Renault's Daniel Ricciardo, who set a best time of 1m20.107s and logged 77 laps after taking over for the afternoon from team-mate Nico Hulkenberg, who propped up the times.

Tuesday times

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lando Norris McLaren/Renault 1m17.709s - 80
2 Pierre Gasly Red Bull/Honda 1m17.715s 0.006s 136
3 Lance Stroll Racing Point/Mercedes 1m17.824s 0.115s 82
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m17.925s 0.216s 81
5 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1m18.589s 0.880s 99
6 Alexander Albon Toro Rosso/Honda 1m18.649s 0.940s 103
7 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1m18.651s 0.942s 29
8 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m18.769s 1.060s 131
9 George Russell Williams/Mercedes 1m19.662s 1.953s 119
10 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1m20.107s 2.398s 77
11 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m20.167s 2.458s 7
12 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m20.332s 2.623s 83
13 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m20.348s 2.639s 80


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