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Bottas quickest by 1.4s on first day of Barcelona F1 test

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Bottas quickest by 1.4s on first day of Barcelona F1 test
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May 14, 2019, 4:08 PM

Valtteri Bottas topped the first day of the Barcelona Formula 1 test with a laptime just a tenth of a second slower than his Spanish Grand Prix pole position mark.

The Mercedes driver had headed the morning running, but improved his time in the afternoon using the Pirelli C5 tyres, which are two steps softer than the softs used during the grand prix but will be available in Monaco next weekend.

He set a time of 1m15.511s, just 0.105s slower than his record pole position pace from Saturday.

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc set his best time with five minutes remaining using C2 rubber, ending up 1.422s down.

At the same time, Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat moved up to third, setting a time of 1m17.679s on C4s.

Renault driver Nico Hulkenberg secured fourth place half an hour after running resumed with a time of 1m18.051s set on the C3 Pirellis.

Red Bull driver Pierre Gasly had an early end to his programme when he ground to a halt with 70 minutes remaining with a suspected transmission problem that struck at the exit of the chicane.

By that time, he had completed 118 laps and done enough for fifth place, 2.629s off the pace with his time set on C3s.

Carlos Sainz’s morning time left him in sixth place, with Lando Norris taking over the McLaren for the afternoon and taking 10th with a time set on C3s.

Haas tester Pietro Fittipaldi jumped up to seventh place in the closing minutes with a time just 0.063s slower than Sainz, putting him just 0.035s ahead of Racing Point simulator driver Nick Yelloly.

Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari, one of two cars conducting tyre testing for Pirelli, was ninth fastest on unmarked rubber.

Sergio Perez also didn’t improve in the afternoon in the Pirelli test Racing point, ending the day a tenth faster than Alfa Romeo’s Callum Ilott.

Ilott’s day came to an end just before the halfway point of the four-hour afternoon session when he crashed heavily at the fast Turn 3 right-hander the lap after he had set his best time.

He escaped injury but the car was too badly damaged to get back out again before the end of the session.

Williams driver Nicholas Latifi was slowest, 5.519s off the pace.

Session results

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:15.511   131
2 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:16.933 1.422 131
3 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:17.679 2.167 121
4 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:18.051 2.538 68
5 Pierre Gasly Red Bull 1:18.140 2.626 118
6 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1:18.263 2.748 64
7 Pietro Fittipaldi Haas 1:18.326 2.810 103
8 Nick Yelloly Racing Point 1:18.361 2.844 111
9 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:18.485 2.967 133
10 Lando Norris McLaren 1:18.567 3.048 44
11 Sergio Perez Racing Point 1:19.719 4.199 118
12 Callum Ilott Alfa Romeo 1:19.819 4.298 41
13 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1:20.670 5.148 133
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Series Formula 1
Event Spanish GP
Drivers Valtteri Bottas Shop Now
Teams Mercedes Shop Now
Author Edd Straw