Norris sets pace, big guns suffer problems in second test

Lando Norris

McLaren’s Lando Norris clocked the fastest lap on Day 1 of the second Formula 1 pre-season test as Ferrari and particularly Mercedes experienced technical dramas.

Norris’ day was not without mechanical issues either as his MCL34 twice came to a halt, but his 1:17.709s in the final hour on C4 compound tyres was better than anyone else could manage.

McLaren reported hydraulic problems as the reason for the first stoppage but is currently still investigating the second.

“On the whole today was a good day, although we didn’t get to do quite as much running as we wanted,” said Norris.

“We’ve improved the car slightly since last week, especially on the longer runs, so we’re going in the right direction, which is positive. It’s important that we keep doing that.

“Overall, I’m feeling more prepared. I now have one last session in the car on Thursday, to finalise everything before Australia.”

The rookie’s effort had bumped Red Bull Racing’s Pierre Gasly into second position by just 0.006s.

Gasly notched up 136 laps, the highest individual count and second only to the combined haul of the Renaults, with his fastest coming on C3 tyres.

Lance Stroll (Racing Point) set the third fastest time from Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) and Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo).

While Vettel got in 81 laps in the afternoon, team-mate Charles Leclerc only had 29 in the morning due to cooling problems for the SF90.

Valtteri Bottas was assigned the afternoon shift for Mercedes but didn’t make the end of his out lap due to oil pressure problem.

After a power unit change, he saw six more laps at day’s end to go 11th-fastest, a position ahead of team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who was putting in longer runs.

Daniel Ricciardo rounded out the top 10 while Renault team-mate ended up 13th fastest after driving in the morning.

Testing continues tonight (AEDT).

Results: Formula 1 Pre-Season Test 2, Day 1

Pos Driver Team Fastest lap Fast lap tyre Total laps
1 Lando Norris McLaren 1:17.709 C4 80
2 Pierre Gasly Red Bull 1:17.715 C3 136
3 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1:17.824 C5 82
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:17.925 C3 81
5 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1:18.589 C4 99
6 Alex Albon Toro Rosso 1:18.649 C4 103
7 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:18.651 C3 29
8 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:18.769 C4 130
9 George Russell Williams 1:19.662 C5 119
10 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:20.107 C3 77
11 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:20.167 C2 7
12 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:20.332 C2 83
13 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:20.348 C3 80

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