Vettelt establishes track record
Sebastian Vettel sets a new track record for the Ferrari test drives in Barcelona. Another German can also convince.
Sebastian Vettel has set an exclamation mark on his last day of operation in the Formula 1 test drives. The Ferrari driver from Heppenheim set a course record on Thursday morning at the Circuit de Catalunya at the gates of Barcelona in 1:17.182 minutes. Until 1 pm Vettel did 84 laps and thus the second most of all drivers until then.
After a short lunch break, Vettel is once again in charge before handing over the SF71H to his team mate Kimi Räikkönen on Friday, the last of a total of eight test days. On Thursday afternoon, world champion Lewis Hamilton will also be on the track in a Mercedes.
The Silver Arrow was still piloted this morning by his team mate Valtteri Bottas, whose best time after 96 laps was 1:19.532 minutes. This put him just under 2.4 seconds behind Vettel’s record time. However, the silver arrows were mainly used for racing simulations, while Vettel was looking for fast lap times.
Nico Hülkenberg was in good shape. The Emmericher made 79 laps in the Renault and, with a top time of 1:18.675 minutes, finished third in the day’s standings.
On Wednesday, Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo had scored the best time of the tests so far in 1:18.047 minutes. The Australian was on the road in better conditions, but like Vettel on the softest tire compound (Hypersoft).
The pilots found good conditions on Thursday despite partly dense cloud cover, the asphalt warmed up to more than 20 degrees at noon. The forecasts for the last test day on Friday are excellent with lots of sunshine and almost 20 degrees maximum temperature. The new season starts on 25. March with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne