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One driver sets a time as snow stymies testing – Day Three Testing Report

Alonso fastest with many teams refusing to run

Testing – Fernando Alonso was the only driver to put a time on the board as day three of pre-season testing was delayed by snow and cold conditions.

With the cold weather continuing into the third day of pre-season testing, teams were met with the worst conditions so far.

Overnight snow resulted in the postponement of testing, due to the medical helicopter being unable to fly in the poor visibility.

When the test eventually commenced at midday (local time), teams were reluctant to trial the conditions and elected to preserve their cars in the hope of better conditions later on in the test.

Across the reduced running time, Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull Racing), Brendon Hartley (Toro Rosso), Marcus Ericsson (Sauber) and Robert Kubica (Williams) went out for no more than a couple of installation laps in the very wet conditions.

Despite the cautious approach, Ricciardo had a moment where he ran across the gravel trap before recovering to the pit lane.

McLaren’s Fernando Alonso was the only driver who was sent out for anything like prolonged running. After a series of slow laps for various car checks, he set a best lap time of 2:18.545 on wet tyres.

Any conversation regarding an extension to the first test has been quietened by the already-scheduled filming day by the Williams team on Friday. The first test is scheduled to run until Thursday.

Temperatures are expected to increase for the final day of running, albeit with rain showers, increasing the importance of a clean day of running for all teams.

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