Testing – Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas was quickest man on track during testing on Day 2 in Barcelona, ahead of Ferrari reserve Antonio Giovinazzi.
The second and final day of testing at the Circuit de Catalunya got underway in cooler conditions than Tuesday, with more cloud cover over the track. However, that didn’t stop the laptimes being faster than seen on the first day, with Mercedes and Ferrari putting in some very fast times over the opening 4 hours.
Bottas, taking over the Mercedes W09 from Lewis Hamilton, put in a 1:16.904 on the SuperSoft Pirellis to go less than a tenth quicker than Antonio Giovinazzi. The Italian, who drove for Sauber during Tuesday’s testing, was at the wheel of the Scuderia’s SF71-H and used the HyperSoft tyre to go P2.
Lando Norris put in a late lap for McLaren to finish the day P3, while Kevin Magnussen finished P4 for Haas in another strong showing for the American team. However, Magnussen was one of two drivers to bring out the red flag as he stopped on track with what looked like a driveshaft problem with two hours remaining. He didn’t rejoin the session as the team chose to be cautious after investigations. Norris also had a stoppage, but was able to get going again later in the sesson.
Nikita Mazepin finished P5 for Force India. Jack Aitkin finished P6 for Renault.
Charles Leclerc was P7 for Sauber, while Robert Kubica made another return to the cockpit on Wednesday, to the delight of the Polish fans present, and he finished the day P7 in the Williams as they fight to improve their FW41.
There were several new faces on track over the day. Along with Jack Aitken, Jake Dennis made his 2018 F1 debut by driving the Red Bull. He finished P10 overall.
Sean Gelael, who was supposed to hand over to Pierre Gasly for Day 2, was given extra track time due to technical issues on Tuesday. He finished the morning P11 and Gasly finished P9 after getting in half a Grand Prix distance in the afternoon. Nicholas Latifi finished as slowest of those present, driving a Force India on behalf of Pirelli.
- Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:16.904 139 Laps
- Antonio Giovinazzi Ferrari 1:16.972 148 Laps
- Lando Norris McLaren 1:18.039 80 Laps
- Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:18.274 75 Laps
- Nikita Mazepin Force India 1:18.344 112 Laps
- Jack Aitken Renault 1:18.942 120 Laps
- Charles Leclerc Sauber 1:18.993 139 Laps
- Robert Kubica Williams 1:19.253 123 Laps
- Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:19.410 39 Laps
- Stoffel Vandoorne Pirelli (McLaren) 1:19.914 96 Laps
- Jake Dennis Red Bull Racing 1:20.684 74 Laps
- Sean Gelael Toro Rosso 1:20.763 83 Laps
- Nicholas Latifi Pirelli (Force India) 1:21.433 121 Laps