F1 testing: Valtteri Bottas ends post-Spanish GP test fastest

Valtteri Bottas ended the second day of the post-Spanish Grand Prix Formula 1 test at Barcelona fastest overall, with his lap of 1m16.904s set shortly before lunch

F1 testing: Valtteri Bottas ends post-Spanish GP test fastest

The Mercedes driver used supersoft Pirellis for his best time after he and Ferrari's Antonio Giovinazzi swapped places several times in the hour before lunch.

Giovinazzi did not improve on his morning lap time, so ended up 0.068s behind Bottas with his time set on hypersofts and completed more laps than anyone with 148.

McLaren's Lando Norris claimed third with his final lap of the day, taking the chequered flag as he posted a 1m18.039s using soft Pirellis.

He had a spin at Turn 12 during the morning's running, and his McLaren caused a red flag in the afternoon when it stopped on track with a "minor issue" on an out-lap.

"It was into Turn 12, it's the one corner that has been quite tricky because of the wind," said Norris of his morning spin.

"It was more of a mistake on my part, I pushed the entry a bit too much and lost the rear.

"In F2 you're able to control the car more when you're oversteering and from what everyone's seen in F1, the high downforce and the new surface, it's quite tricky when it starts to go and it's hard to get back.

"It did no damage or anything, just a spin."

Kevin Magnussen was fourth fastest with his morning time, set on hypersofts, and caused one of two red flags in the afternoon when he pulled over between Turns 2 and 3.

Force India's Nikita Mazepin earned fifth overall and set his best time on softs with just under 20 minutes remaining.

Jack Aitken ended his first Formula 1 test for Renault in sixth, with his morning time set on ultrasofts.

Behind him, neither Sauber's Charles Leclerc nor Williams driver Robert Kubica improved in the afternoon, ending the day separated by 0.260s using hypersofts in seventh and eighth respectively.

Pierre Gasly took over the Toro Rosso that Sean Gelael drove for the first day and a half of the test, ending up ninth and 2.506s off the pace using mediums and ahead of the Pirelli test McLaren of Stoffel Vandoorne.

Jake Dennis improved his time to a 1m20.440s using mediums with an hour-and-a-quarter remaining, which put him 10th ahead of Gelael and the second Pirelli test car, Nicholas Latifi's Force India - the latter the fourth and final driver to improve during the afternoon.

Day two times

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m16.904s - 139
2 Antonio Giovinazzi Ferrari 1m16.972s 0.068s 148
3 Lando Norris McLaren/Renault 1m18.039s 1.135s 80
4 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m18.274s 1.370s 75
5 Nikita Mazepin Force India/Mercedes 1m18.344s 1.440s 112
6 Jack Aitken Renault 1m18.942s 2.038s 120
7 Charles Leclerc Sauber/Ferrari 1m18.993s 2.089s 139
8 Robert Kubica Williams/Mercedes 1m19.253s 2.349s 123
9 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso/Honda 1m19.410s 2.506s 39
10 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Renault 1m19.914s 3.010s 96
11 Jake Dennis Red Bull/Renault 1m20.440s 3.536s 75
12 Sean Gelael Toro Rosso/Honda 1m20.763s 3.859s 83
13 Nicholas Latifi Force India/Mercedes 1m21.412s 4.508s 121


shares
comments
FIA outlines plan for clampdown on halo-mounted F1 mirrors

Previous article

FIA outlines plan for clampdown on halo-mounted F1 mirrors

Next article

Why talk of a Mercedes F1 tyre conspiracy in Spanish GP is rubbish

Why talk of a Mercedes F1 tyre conspiracy in Spanish GP is rubbish
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Drivers Olivier Panis , Valtteri Bottas
Author Edd Straw
How long can F1 2021's brewing title battle stay clean? Plus

How long can F1 2021's brewing title battle stay clean?

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen have been evenly matched so far in the 2021 Formula 1 title race. Neither has been afraid to get aggressive against each other on track, teeing up an enthralling contest as the year unwinds. But is their rivalry destined to end in broken shards of carbon fibre?

What the Spain result tells F1 about the next phase of the Mercedes/Red Bull title fight Plus

What the Spain result tells F1 about the next phase of the Mercedes/Red Bull title fight

OPINION: Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes have recovered from their pre-season woes to take three wins from the opening four races of 2021. But each time Red Bull and Max Verstappen have pushed them hard. So, what clues did the latest round of that battle – the Spanish Grand Prix – tease about the next stage of the season?

Formula 1
May 12, 2021
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…

Formula 1
May 11, 2021
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