Bottas continues rise on 6th day of testing at Barcelona

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F1 Test, Barcelona, Circuit de Catalunyaes

Lewis Hamilton ended the morning session of testing at Barcelona on top of the timesheet, having completed his first run on the soft tyres with the F1 W07 car. Even though it was a short run, he still stranded 6 tenths adrift of what Rosberg managed on Tuesday.

Kevin Magnussen also showed some pace towards the end of the session, even though Renault did appear to be looking for qualifying performance, putting the Dane on the super soft tyres for just a handful of laps.

At Ferrari, Sebastian Vettel had a reliable morning, amidst talk that the new Ferrari engine is suffering from vibrations that requires the team to run the engine detuned. Vettel still recorded Ferrari's fastest time of winter testing on medium tyres but still three tenths adrift of Merc's best on mediums

Sauber and Haas meanwhile were hit be reliability issues, with Haas struggling to get on top of the fuel issue that stopped them halfway on Tuesday. McLaren had a better day, but close to lunchtime found a "suspension problem" that halted them as well.

As such, Hamilton ended the morning session, and his day, on top of the timesheet, with a run on the soft tyres.


144Lewis HamiltonMercedes1'23"622-72
220Kevin MagnussenRenault1'23"933+00"31155
305Sebastian VettelFerrari1'24"611+00"98963
477Valtteri BottasWilliams1'25"151+01"52957
522Jenson ButtonMcLaren1'25"183+01"56145
603Daniel RicciardoRed Bull1'25"235+01"61342
755Carlos SainzToro Rosso1'25"300+01"67859
811Sergio PérezForce India1'26"188+02"56658
994Pascal WehrleinManor1'27"064+03"44241
1009Marcus EricssonSauber1'30"309+06"68707
1121Esteban GutiérrezHaas--01

After lunch, McLaren was among the first to go out, having fixed the issue that halted them for 40 minutes before the break.

Teams got on with race simulations, except for Valtteri Bottas who surprised onlookers by suddenly putting on a set of soft tyres to shoot up to third place on a 1:24.522. However, that is 0.9s adrift of Hamilton's earlier pace on the same compound. A second run later on, again on softs resulted in a 1:24.070.

One hour from the end, Markus Ericsson drew all cameras on him as he spun off the track and ended up in the gravel trap. During the 10-minute red flag situation, his car was returned to the pits without much obvious damage.


1Valtteri Bottas77WilliamsFW38Mercedes PU106A Hybrid1'23"261-
2Lewis Hamilton44MercedesW07Mercedes PU106A Hybrid1'23"622+00"361
3Kevin Magnussen20RenaultRS16Renault Energy F1 20141'23"933+00"672
4Sebastian Vettel5FerrariSF16-HFerrari 1.6 L V6 Turbo1'24"611+01"350
5Jenson Button22McLarenMP4-31Honda RA615H1'25"183+01"922
6Daniel Ricciardo3Red BullRB12Tag Heuer1'25"235+01"974
7Carlos Sainz Jr55Toro RossoSTR11Ferrari 059/31'25"300+02"039
8Sergio Pérez11Force IndiaVJM09Mercedes PU106A Hybrid1'26"036+02"775
9Nico Rosberg6MercedesW07Mercedes PU106A Hybrid1'26"298+03"037
10Pascal Wehrlein94ManorMRT05Mercedes PU106A Hybrid1'27"064+03"803
11Marcus Ericsson9SauberC35Ferrari 059/31'27"862+04"601
12Esteban Gutiérrez21HaasVF-16Ferrari 059/3--