Hamilton fastest, more power unit issues for McLaren

Barcelona testing – A super-soft tyre run gave Lewis Hamilton a 1.8 second advantage over Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen as McLaren’s testing woes continued.

Having already set the benchmark by equalling his time from yesterday, the Mercedes driver was equipped with a set of the super-soft tyres and became the first driver to dip into the 1:20’s.

Hamilton’s 1:20.983 lap was 1.8 seconds quicker than Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, who remained on medium-compound tyres all morning.

It was a delayed start to the day for Force India’s Esteban Ocon, who took a couple of hours to finally get going. After their initial issues, he managed to set the third fastest time before pulling over at turn ten with another technical problem just before lunchtime.

Red Bull appeared to have a more successful morning compared to yesterday, with Verstappen clocking 31 laps and the fifth fastest time, just behind Haas driver Kevin Magnussen and ahead of Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat.

The first red flag period briefly came early on in the morning session. Williams’ rookie Lance Stroll made a mistake on the exit of the fast turn nine corner and spun the car on the gravel trap.

His spin ended on the escape road, where he was able to complete a three-point turn and recover back to the pits. However, he was kept in the pits for the remainder of the morning session.

There were more troubles for McLaren. Despite a better start to day two, the Woking team revealed that their car would require a power unit change after only 29 laps of running.


Antonio Giovinazzi made his test debut for Sauber this morning, but only managed to complete two laps before the team identified a major problem, which could only be resolved by a complete power unit change. It was replaced for the final five minutes of the session.

It was an even worse morning for Renault’s Jolyon Palmer, who only managed to leave the garage in the final moments of the session.

To view the results of the morning session, click here.

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Luke Murphy

As an FIA-accredited motor sport journalist, degree-level Motorsport Engineer and amateur karter, Luke's passion for motor sport is evident. He is one of the editors at FormulaSpy and one of the longest-standing members of the team.

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