Massa fastest on opening morning of Test Two

Barcelona Testing – Felipe Massa set the fastest time of the morning session on the opening day of the second pre-season test.

The Brazilian used the supersoft tyre in the final half hour of the session to set a 1:19.726; marginally slower than the fastest time of the first test – 1:19.705 set by Valtteri Bottas.

Daniel Ricciardo was second fastest having led for most of the session, sitting second on a 1:20.077 on the soft tyre. The Australian’s forst attempt at a lap on the ultrasoft tyre near the end of the sessionsaw him run into the gravel at Turn 4.

A second run saw him also go below 1:20 with a 1:19.900.

Lewis Hamilton was third, also on the soft tyre, with just under half a century of laps completed. Valtteri Bottas will take over for the afternoon.

Sebastian Vettel led the session in the early .Sp5rl!47rs but finished the morning in fourth having done the most mileage with 82 laps.

Esteban Ocon was fifth for Force India, also completing more than 50 laps. The Frenchman had a late push on the supersoft tyre, keeping him ahead of Kevin Magnussen’s Haas in sixth.

Daniil Kvyat complete 45 laps for Toro Rosso, who are in need of the mileage after being hampered by several reliability issues in the first test.

Also putting in much-needed laps were Stoffel Vandoorne and McLaren, who had their best morning of pre-season testing so far. The Belgian driver put in 34 laps and just under three seconds off Massa’s pace on the soft tyre.

However, shortly after the chequered flag it was revealed that McLaren would need to change Vandoorne’s engine, which is most likely to cost the team most of their running for the rest of the day.

Pascal Wehrlein put in his first testing laps for Sauber after his recovery from a back injury he suffered during his crash at the Race of Champions in January.

The German spent most of the morning on the medium tyre before putting in some laps on the softs which saw his lap times slowly come down to a 1:23.336. He put in 47 laps for the session.

Jolyon Palmer could only put in 15 laps before his Renault ran into trouble. He started to slow as he came into the pit lane, and had to be pushed to the garage by his mechanics.

It was later revealed that Renault needed to change the engine in Palmer’s car, costing him most of his morning’s running. Team mate Nico Hulkenberg is due to drive in the afternoon.

To see the results from the morning session, click here.

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Chris Stevens

Chris is a member of the Autosport Academy and has been writing about motorsport professionally since 2015. He has been one of the top Formula E journalists since he went to Donington Park for pre-season testing a week after picking up his A-Level results.

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