Good afternoon and welcome to the Formula 1 live blog on NU.nl. My name is Patrick Moeke and I will keep you informed of all developments concerning the third test day at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Lots of fun!

  • F1 test day
  • Morning session:
  • Verstappen productive
  • Bottas fastest
  • Problems Ferrari
  • 2 pm - 6 pm:
  • Afternoon session

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Formula 1 · a few seconds ago

Another 4 hours - Green! You can ride again at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Formula 1 · one minute ago

Satisfied Verstappen: 'Getting to know the car well'
Max Verstappen looks back with satisfaction on the first three-day test in preparation for the upcoming Formula 1 season. The Limburger himself drove a day and a half in Barcelona and finished 254 laps in the new RB16. "We have done a good number of laps. For the first week that is the most important", Verstappen summarizes the goal of the first three days. "We did a race simulation today. It all felt good. We wanted to learn a lot about the car, and we succeeded well today. We have collected a lot of data to view."

Formula 1 · 11 minutes ago

Only Renault has driven fewer laps after two and a half days of testing than Ferrari. With 421 rounds, Mercedes is the most productive.

  • Mercedes - 421
  • Red Bull - 388
  • McLaren - 374
  • Alfa Romeo - 337
  • AlphaTauri - 325
  • Haas F1 - 312
  • Racing Point - 307
  • Williams - 296
  • Ferrari - 294
  • Renault - 287
  • Formula 1 · 35 minutes ago

    Depth interview. # F1 Testing

    Avatar Author Joost NederpeltMoment of places13: 13 - 21 February 2020

    Formula 1 · one hour ago

    All figures from the third test morning in a row:

  • Bottas (C5) - 1.15.732 - 65 rounds
  • Ocon (C4) - 1.17.102 - 76 rounds
  • Stroll (C4) - 1,117,338 - 52 rounds
  • Kvyat (C3) - 1.17.427 - 62 rounds
  • Verstappen (C2) - 1.17.636 - 86 rounds
  • Giovinazzi (C3) - 1.18.035 - 65 rounds
  • Sainz (C2) - 1.18.274 - 76 rounds
  • Grosjean (C3) - 1.18.380 - 48 rounds
  • Vettel (C3) - 1.18.384 - 40 rounds
  • Latifi (C3) - 1.19.004 - 44 rounds

  • * Pirelli has subdivided the dry weather tires into five compounds. The C1 is the hardest (and therefore slowest) tire. The C5 is the softest and is therefore the fastest.

    Formula 1 · one hour ago

    FINISH (morning session) - And with that the third test morning is over. A summary:

    • Max Verstappen has stood still for 75 minutes due to a technical problem, but has nevertheless been very productive: no driver has been around the circuit as often as the Dutchman (86 laps).
    • Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas is the first driver this week to compete on the softest C5 tire. The Finn has a time of 1.15.732 and is therefore only three tenths slower the fastest lap ever ridden in Barcelona.
    • Ferrari is having a bad day. Sebastian Vettel's morning session ended at 10.30 am due to a motor problem. Ferrari is changing the power source and hopes to take action again this afternoon.
    • The session has been stopped twice: Vettel caused a red code with his broken engine and Williams driver Nicholas Latifi also stopped with technical problems.

    Formula 1 · one hour ago

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    ⚡️ FEEL THE SPEED ⚡️ # F1 # F1 Testing

    Avatar AuthorFormula 1Moment of places12: 35 - February 21, 2020

    Formula 1 · one hour ago

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    Ferrari van Vettel stops during the Formula 1 test day with engine problems

    Formula 1 · 2 hours ago

    36 more minutes - Verstappen practices pit stops. Despite a problem with his rear suspension, De Limburger has already completed 63 laps. The ranking based on the number of rounds:

  • Ocon (Renault) - 73
  • Verstappen (Red Bull) - 63
  • Sainz (McLaren) - 58
  • Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo) - 54
  • Bottas (Mercedes) - 52
  • Kvyat (AlphaTauri) - 50
  • Stroll (Racing Point) - 45
  • Latifi (Williams) - 44
  • Grosjean (Haas) - 40
  • Vettel (Ferrari) - 40
  • Formula 1 · 2 hours ago

    The lap that Valtteri Bottas has set is only three tenths slower than the fastest lap ever in Barcelona. With 1.15.406, the Finn also holds the track record. With that time, he took pole position for the Spanish Grand Prix last year.

    Formula 1 · 2 hours ago

    On the softest band that Pirelli brought along, Valtteri Bottas is by far the fastest time of the week.

    Fastest lap of the test so far for @ValtteriBottas: a stunning 1m15.732s. Plenty of sisu from the flying Finn @ MercedesAMGF1

    Avatar Author Pirelli Motorsport Time of places 12: 10 - 21 February 2020

    Formula 1 · 2 hours ago

    NL # NL6 loses drive and comes to a stop at the end of the pit straight. We'll get the FW43 back to the garage shortly and investigate 🏠 # F1 Testing # WeAreWilliams

    Avatar AuthorROKiT WILLIAMS RACINGMoment of places12: 07 - 21 February 2020

    Formula 1 · 2 hours ago

    Another 55 minutes - A lot of things are suddenly happening at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. We have a code red for a stranded Williams and just before that Valtteri Bottas is clocking a lightning fast time on the softest band that Pirelli has brought along this week: 1.15.732.

    Formula 1 · 2 hours ago

    1 hour left - Bottas highlights the fastest time of the week on the soft C4 tire: 1.16,417. We would like to compare the times with those of Verstappen, but we cannot do that yet because the Dutchman has not yet taken action on soft rubber.

    Formula 1 · 2 hours ago

    1 hour and 16 minutes left - After the problems this morning, Verstappen is currently doing a lot of catching up. The Dutchman has a long stint on the C2-band and has 38 laps behind him. For comparison: those are already more rounds than Bottas (35) has completed today.

    Formula 1 · 2 hours ago

    Another 1 hour and 26 minutes - Ferrari confirms that Vettel is no longer taking action before lunch due to an engine problem . "We will return to the track in the afternoon."

    3 hours ago

    The Red Bull of Verstappen is back on the track after a long break. # F1 Testing

    Avatar Author Joost Nederpelt Moment of places 11: 25 - 21 February 2020

    3 hours ago

    Still 1 hour and 36 minutes - We may not see Sebastian Vettel in action before the lunch break. The German's car, which stopped earlier, is struggling with an engine problem. Ferrari is now busy replacing the engine. The old power source is sent back to the factory in Maranello for investigation.

    3 hours ago

    Another 1 hour and 39 minutes - Ha, Red Bull has repaired the suspension of Verstappen. The Dutchman returns to the asphalt.

    Formula 1 · 3 hours ago

    Another 1 hour and 47 minutes - Valtteri Bottas rides the fastest time of this test week on the C3 tire. The Mercedes driver goes around Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in 1.16.674. The fastest time of Max Verstappen this week is 1.17.516. The Dutchman noted that time on a harder (and therefore slower) band than Bottas.

    Formula 1 · 3 hours ago

    1 hour and 58 minutes left - Verstappen is not going to take action yet. The Red Bull driver is currently talking to Robert Doornbos in the Red Bull Racing motorhome. Red Bull is therefore still working to resolve the problem with the suspension of the RB16. Verstappen has done nineteen laps today.

    Formula 1 · 3 hours ago

    2 more hours - A substantial time improvement for Valtteri Bottas. The Fin dives in his Mercedes with no less than seven tenths under the time of Verstappen. Bottas does ride on a softer (and therefore faster) tire than Verstappen did today.

    3 hours ago

    Another 2 hours and 5 minutes - Vettel's Ferrari is back in the pits. The session will resume.

    Formula 1 · 3 hours ago

    The session will resume at 10.55 a.m. The marshals will have to hurry, because Vettel's car has not been eliminated yet.

    Formula 1 · 3 hours ago

    Our video reporter Samantha van Wijk is in first rank at Vettel's car.

    Oh oh ... Ferrari in trouble ... #testingdays # f1 # formula1

    Avatar Author Samantha van WijkMoment of places10: 46 - February 21, 2020

    3 hours ago

    Issue at Ferrari with Seb stopping on track ... # F1 Testing

    Avatar Authortami.Moment of places10: 36 - February 21, 2020

    Formula 1 · 3 hours ago

    2 hours and 26 more minutes - Code red! Sebastian Vettel stands still. The German is responsible for the second red flag of this test week.

    4 hours ago

    What does the Mercedes steering system do, and is it legal? Read the analysis of our reporter Joost Nederpelt here.

    4 hours ago

    The ranking based on the number of rounds:

  • Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) - 35
  • Carlos Sainz (McLaren) - 31
  • Esteban Ocon (Renault) - 26
  • Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo) - 22
  • Max Verstappen (Red Bull) - 19
  • Lance Stroll (Racing Point) - 19
  • Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) - 18
  • Daniil Kvyat (AlphaTauri) - 15
  • Romain Grosjean (Haas) - 12
  • Nicholas Latifi (Williams) - 11
  • 4 hours ago

    Another 2 hours and 49 minutes - Verstappen has been damaged when driving over a kerbstone, it seems. The eight-time Grand Prix winner comes back into the pits with a crooked rear wheel suspension. Work on the shop for Red Bull Racing.

    4 hours ago

    Another 2 hours and 54 minutes - Verstappen improves at the end of a stint on the C2 tires and is approaching its fastest time of the week. On Wednesday he came to 1.17.516. The Red Bull driver now scores 1.17.636. The fastest time of this test week was set by Lewis Hamilton on Wednesday: 1.16.976.

    4 hours ago

    Another 3 hours and 6 minutes - Bottas climbs to the first place on the times list at the expense of Verstappen. With 1.17.992 the Finn on the C2-band is half a tenth faster than the Dutchman, who drives on the same band.

    4 hours ago

    Max is back on track for Day 3 or # F1 Testing Alex will take over again this afternoon. #ChargeOn 🤘

    Avatar AuthorAston Martin Red Bull RacingMoment of places09: 37 - February 21, 2020

    4 hours ago

    3 more hours and 27 minutes left - Verstappen already has thirteen rounds behind him and tops the time list in the opening phase of this session.

    5 hours ago

    Another 3 hours and 34 minutes - Verstappen drives the fastest time in his first timed run.

  • Verstappen - 1.18.309 (C2)
  • Sainz - 1,118,647 (C3)
  • Ocon - 1.19.287 (C2)

  • * Pirelli has subdivided the dry weather tires into five compounds. The C1 is the hardest (and therefore slowest) tire. The C5 is the softest and is therefore the fastest.

    Formula 1 · 5 hours ago

    Another 3 hours and 40 minutes - And there is Max Verstappen. The Dutchman sends his RB16 onto the asphalt and starts on the last test day of this week.

    Formula 1 · 5 hours ago

    It is another sunny day in Catalonia.

    Rise and shine: it's time for the final day of the first # F1 Testing session @ Circuitcat_eng! Here are the runners and riders 👇 @ F1

    Avatar Author Pirelli MotorsportMoment of places09: 10 - 21 February 2020

    Formula 1 · 5 hours ago

    Another 3 hours and 51 minutes - A lot of work is done on the Verstappen car. The wheels are not yet mounted on the car and the Dutchman is not yet in his car.

    Formula 1 · 5 hours ago

    4 hours left - The light is on green. The last test day of this week is on its way.

    Formula 1 · 5 hours ago

    These drivers are taking action today:

    • Max Verstappen and Alex Albon (Red Bull)
    • Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
    • Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
    • Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz (McLaren)
    • Esteban Ocon and Daniel Ricciardo (Renault)
    • Daniil Kvyat and Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri)
    • Lance Stroll (Racing Point)
    • Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo)
    • Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen (Haas)
    • Nicholas Latifi (Williams)

    Formula 1 · 5 hours ago

    During the second Formula 1 test day, the surprising steering system from Mercedes was the talk of the day. What kind of find did they make?

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    Test days F1: Mercedes box of the day

    Formula 1 · 5 hours ago

    At Ferrari, they are ready for the third and final test day of this week in Barcelona. They start in Spain at 9 a.m.

    Ready to start 👊🏽 @Circuitcat_eng # essereFerrari🔴

    Avatar Author Scuderia Ferrari Moment of places 08: 25 - 21 February 2020

    Formula 1 · 7 hours ago

    Max Verstappen will only appear on the track during the morning session. The Dutchman therefore runs his rounds in Barcelona from 9 am to 1 pm.

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