Leclerc warns rivals with impressive pace

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F1 Test, Barcelona, Circuit de Catalunyaes

The morning session on day 3 at Barcelona was one with a clear warning signal for Ferrari rivals, as Leclerc not only went fastest so far this test, but also showed impressive speed on harder compound tyres.

Leclerc's fastest lap is just two-tenths slower than Lewis Hamilton's pole lap time from the Spanish Grand Prix last year. He did however also post a 1m17.2s on the white walled C2 tyre, a time which McLaren and others had reached in previous days by running the super soft C5 compound.

Alexander Albon came closest but was still more than 6 tenths slower on the same tyres. Norris failed to break into the 1m16's and was third fastest by lapping in 1m17.084s.

Pierre Gasly for Red Bull Racing set a similar best, followed by Hulkenberg and Stroll.

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton and Williams' George Russel were slowest, nearly 2 seconds slower than the pace setting Ferrari.

Results

Pos.DriverTeamTimeGapLaps
1Charles LeclercFerrari1:16.231-55
2Alexander AlbonToro Rosso1:16.882+0.65175
3Lando NorrisMcLaren1:17.084+0.85365
4Pierre GaslyRed Bull Racing1:17.091+0.86044
5Nico HülkenbergRenault1:17.496+1.26571
6Lance StrollRacing Point1:17.556+1.32537
7Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo Racing1:17.639+1.40849
8Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG1:18.097+1.86685
9George RussellWilliams1:18.130+1.89945
10Kevin MagnussenHaas F11:18.199+1.96853
11Daniel RicciardoRenaultno time-0
12Romain GrosjeanHaas F1no time-0
13Valtteri BottasMercedes AMGno time-0