Ferrari topped the leaderboards during the second day of Formula 1 pre-season tests in Barcelona today, with Sebastian Vettel setting a lap of 1:22.802 on the new Ultra Soft compound Pirelli tires.
Ferrari was also fastest during the first day of testing after Vettel set a lap time of 1:24.939, however he only completed 69 circuits of the Catalunya track in comparison to Mercedes-Benz’s Lewis Hamilton, who completed an incredible 159. Ferrari improved on their distance today, completing 126 laps, but still lagged behind Mercedes after Nico Rosberg completed 172.
Vettel also put the red flag out towards the end of the day after his SF16-H came to a stop at Turn 3 with 5 minutes left in the session. It was the second red flag of the day after Max Verstappen’s Toro Rosso, another Ferrari engined car, came to a sudden halt in the morning.
Second fastest was Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo with a time of 1:23.525, which was also set on the Ultra Soft compound. Fourth was Force India’s Sergio Perez with a time of 1:23.650 on the Ultra Softs, while Rosberg was fourth with a time of 1:24.867 on the Medium compound.
The Ferrari driver took advantage of a run on the new ultra-soft tyres in the morning session to set a best time of 1:22.802, nearly two seconds quicker than the pole position time for last year’s Spanish Grand Prix, which had been set by Nico Rosberg on the medium compound. Sauber’s Markus Ericsson rounded out the top five with a lap of 1:25.237.