Max Verstappen experienced a productive morning on the Formula 1 test day on Friday. The Red Bull Racing driver completed 86 laps, although he was in the pits for some time with a technical problem. Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas was by far the fastest.
Verstappen could have done more laps in Barcelona, but his technical problem took him 75 minutes of the morning session. Nevertheless, he was the most productive driver. With 1.17.636 he scored the fifth fastest time.
Renault driver and Carlos Sainz from McLaren came closest to Verstappen with a round total of 76. Furthermore, no one broke the limit of seventy rounds.
Although times don't say everything yet, Bottas made an impression in his Mercedes. He clocked 1.15.732, the second time ever driven at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Bottas set the fastest time last year during the qualification for the Spanish Grand Prix.
Ocon clocked the second time, but the difference with Bottas was considerable: 1.17.102. Furthermore, Lance Stroll from Racing Point (1.17,338), Alpha Tauri rider Daniil Kvyat (1.17,427) and Verstappen went under the 1.18.
Results halfway through third test day
- 1. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) - 1.15.732 (65 rounds)
- 2. Esteban Ocon (Renault) - 1.17.102 (76 rounds)
- 3. Lance Stroll (Racing Point) - 1.17.338 (52 laps)
- 4. Daniil Kvyat (Alpha Tauri) - 1.17,427 (62 rounds)
- 5. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) - 1.17.636 (86 rounds)
- 6. Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo) - 1.18.035 (65 rounds)
- 7. Carlos Sain (McLaren) - 1.18.274 (76 rounds)
- 8. Romain Grosjean (Haas) - 1.18,380 (48 rounds)
- 9. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) - 1.18,384 (40 rounds)
- 10. Nicholas Latifi (Williams) - 1.19,004 (44 rounds)
Problems for Vettel
For Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel, the morning session was difficult. The four-time world champion, who missed the first test day due to illness, had to come in early due to a technical problem.
The afternoon session of day three starts at 2 p.m. At Red Bull, Verstappen is replaced by Alexander Albon. Mercedes, McLaren, Alpha Tauri and Haas F1 also change drivers.
Next week on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday the fourth, fifth and final test day will follow. The first Grand Prix of the new Formula 1 season is in Australia on 15 March.
See also: These drivers will compete during the third Formula 1 test day