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Norris tops first day of test two

  • Published on 26 Feb 2019 18:00
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Lando Norris ended the opening day of test two in Barcelona on top of the timesheets, despite causing two red flags throughout the day.

The Briton stopped on the exit of Turn 3 in the morning session, before doing so again in the final 30 minutes after Turn 2. However, the McLaren driver's 1:17.709 was good enough to see him retain the top spot at the chequered flag. 

Pierre Gasly was second in the Red Bull, after topping the morning session. The gap between Norris and Gasly read just 0.006s.

Stroll was third for Racing Point, ahead of the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel. The Maranello squad split driving duties between Vettel and Charles Leclerc on Tuesday, however Leclerc's running was limited as the team worked on the car's cooling system this morning.

Giovinazzi was fifth, however his day ended sourly as he stopped on the pit lane exit right at the end of the session. Albon was sixth, ahead of the second Ferrari of Charles Leclerc.

Magnussen was eighth, while Williams had a more positive day, setting 118 laps with Russell behind the wheel. Last week, the Grove squad managed just 88 laps after arriving at testing late.

Daniel Ricciardo rounded out the top ten ahead of the Mercedes duo of Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton, while Nico Hulkenberg was last of the timed runners.

Photos Barcelona, February 26, 2019

ES Circuit de Catalunya - 26 February 2019

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  • Could someone please post some thoughts or context regarding the tyres used for those times, or if they were doing long runs, etc? I am not even sure how to read the times table. Is the tyre color the one with which they did their fastest time?

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    • Feb 26 2019 - 19:46
    • Kean

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      Today:
      Norris, c4
      Gasly, c3
      Stroll, c5
      Vettel, c3
      Giovinazzi, c4
      Albon, c4
      Magnussen, c4
      Williams, c5
      Ricciardo, c3
      Mercedes, c2

      C1 is the hardest compound, c5 the softest
      Estimated time gap between compounds, according to Pirelli:
      C1-c2: 0,9 sec
      C2-c3: 0,7 sec
      C3-c4: 0,6 sec
      C4-c5: 0,6 sec

      Pecking order according to fastest lap (adjusted to c5 compound)
      Red Bull
      Ferrari
      McLaren
      Haas
      Renault
      Toro Rosso
      Alfa Romeo
      Racing Point
      Mercedes
      Williams

      Clearly we cant really look too much at times set, even adjusted for c5 compound
      Thus far I personally have the pecking order at:
      Ferrari
      Red Bull
      Mercedes
      Renault and Alfa Romeo
      McLaren, Toro Rosso and Haas
      Racing Point
      Williams

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      • Feb 26 2019 - 20:11
    • Kean

      Posts: 637

      Haha, I see now that I've mixed and matched driver names and team names. Williams = Russell, Mercedes = Bottas

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      • Feb 26 2019 - 20:16
    • @Kean thanks! You're a gentleman and a scholar sir

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      • Feb 27 2019 - 06:21
    • I wish we could get some idea about the fuel load ( at least based on the no of laps run per stint) to validate the true speed, for this weather condition.

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      • Feb 27 2019 - 06:28

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