Nikita Mazepin keeps Mercedes on top on final day of Barcelona F1 in-season test from Toro Rosso’s Alexander Albon and Ferrari’s Antonio Fuoco.
Despite the off at Turn 12 in the morning which caused a red flag situation, Mazepin did run in the afternoon to end up quickest with a 1m15.775s lap on the C5 compound ahead of Albon (1m17.079s, C4), who himself stopped at Turn 10 late in the day.
The Russian in his first official F1 test with Mercedes completed 128 laps on Day 2 at Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, with the Thai undertaking 110 laps. Meanwhile, third place went to Fuoco (1m17.284s, C4) on his test return with Ferrari
The Italian did 120 laps in the end as Pirelli 2020 tyre tester Charles Leclerc (1m17.349s) was fourth in the Ferrari from Alfa Romeo Racing’s Kimi Raikkonen (1m17.393s, C5), as the team managed to fix up the car after Callum Ilott’s crash on Day 1.
Leclerc completed 127 laps to Raikkonen’s 110 as they led Renault’s Jack Aitken (1m17.621s, C4) and morning session table topper Haas’ Kevin Magnussen (1m18.101s, C3) in sixth and seventh – the former did 75 laps to the latter’s 106.
Racing Point’s Nick Yelloly ended up eighth ahead of Williams’ Nicholas Latifi, who caused a red flag in the morning session after stopping at the pit exit. Even 10th placed Red Bull Racing’s Dan Ticktum stopped at Turn 10 to bring out the red flag.
Yelloly clocked 1m18.212s (C5) as his best with Latifi setting a 1m18.573s (C5) and Ticktum a 1m19.458s (C3 as they completed 83, 88 and 79 laps respectively. In a switch, McLaren’s Oliver Turvey (1m20.712s, C3) drove in the morning to be 11th with 52 laps.
He handed the car to Sergio Sette Camara (1m21.565s, C2) for his first-ever F1 run in the afternoon but the Brazilian could only manage 19 laps after he stopped at the track to be 13th behind Racing Point’s Lance Stroll (1m20.745s), who tested for Pirelli with 119 laps.