Carlos Sainz kept McLaren on top on Day 2 of second F1 2019 Barcelona test after his quick time during the morning session.
Sainz (1m17.144s) beat Racing Point’s Sergio Perez (1m17.842s) by more than half a second as he completed the maximum number of laps of 130 – same as Williams’ Robert Kubica – despite causing a red flag just after he set the quickest time.
Sainz set his best time on (C4) compound with Perez on C5 with 88 laps on board. The Spaniard thus keeps McLaren on top after Lando Norris did the honours on Day 1. After his quick lap, Sainz completed long runs in the afternoon.
With Perez in second, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel (1m18.195s) ended up third despite a heavy crash in the morning session due to a mechanical issue. The German set his best time on (C3) compound with 40 laps under his belt.
Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen (1m18.209s) was fourth on (C4) compound with 113 laps as Haas’ Romain Grosjean (1m18.330s) was fifth ahead of Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen (1m18.395s) – the duo setting their best times on C5 and (C3) respectively.
After missing some running in the first test, Grosjean managed 120 laps in his first run in the second F1 test with Verstappen doing 128. Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat (1m18.682s) was another with 101 laps to be seventh on (C4) compound.
Mercedes intended to run more after Day 1 troubles as Valtteri Bottas (1m18.941s) ended up eighth after his run in the morning session with Lewis Hamilton (1m18.943s) in ninth as the two drivers undertook 74 and 102 laps – they set their best on (C3) compound.
Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg (1m19.056s) was 10th from Kubica (1m19.367s) and Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo (1m22.597s) as Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc could only manage one official lap with no time set.
Hulkenberg set his best time on (C3) compound with Kubica on C5 while Ricciardo did it on (C1). The three drivers completed 58, 130 and 72 laps respectively in all.
Check out Day 1’s report