Mercedes tops final day of opening pre-season test
By Mat Coch
Saturday 22nd February, 2020 - 9:21am
Mercedes has once again topped Formula 1 pre-season testing with Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton the two fastest runners.
Sharing duties across the day, the two Mercedes drivers chalked up 138 laps between them with Bottas’ best of 1:15.732s the quickest of the weekend.
Their case was helped by the softest C5 compound tyres, their nearest rival 1.3s back from Bottas.
Third fastest was Esteban Ocon, who logged 76 laps for Renault with a best time of 1:17.102s.
That compared with 93 laps for Daniel Ricciardo, the Australian using the same C4 compound tyres to bang in a 1:17.574s – seventh fastest on the day.
The day was interrupted on four separate occasions; Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel stopping on track with an engine drama that forced the team to swap the power unit in the car.
There were also engine dramas for Williams’ Nicholas Latifi, while Kevin Magnussen found the barrier soon after the day’s running started.
Ricciardo drew the final red flag when the Renault suffered power loss with an hour to run in proceedings.
Friday’s running brings an end to the opening three-day pre-season test.
Another three days is set to follow next week, the final opportunity teams will have for on-track running before heading to the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 12-15.
Formula 1 pre-season testing, Day 3 times
|Lance Stroll||Racing Point||116||1:17.338||1.606||C4|
|Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo||152||1:17.469||1.737||C5|
|Max Verstappen||Red Bull||86||1:17.636||1.904||C2|
|Alexander Albon||Red Bull||83||1:18.154||2.422||C2|