Valtteri Bottas edges Ferrari’s Giovinazzi, British rookies get out in Barcelona F1 Test

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Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas edged out Ferrari’s Antonio Giovinazzi for top spot in the second-and-final day of the Barcelona in-season test, posting the fastest time of the test.

The test also saw some promising British drivers getting an outing; Lando Norris, Jack Dennis and Jack Aitken. Robert Kubica again accumulated mileage in the underperforming Williams.

The Mercedes team ran with a concept rear light system in yesterday’s test day, but reverted back to a conventional system as part of today’s schedule.

The Spanish Grand Prix runner-up went fastest in the morning session with a supersoft tyre lap of 1:16.904, edging Giovinazzi’s hypersoft effort by just 0.068 of a second.

The Italian was the busiest man of the day, completing a hefty 148 laps of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

In an eventful day for McLaren, Lando Norris – who was doing a full McLaren test as opposed to his Pirelli test yesterday – stole third place from Kevin Magnussen with his final lap of the day, setting a 1:18.039 on the supersoft tyre.

The young Briton had a spin at turn twelve during the morning session, whilst his MCL33 had a technical issue and caused him to stop on track, bringing out the red flags.

“It was into Turn 12, it’s the one corner that has been quite tricky because of the wind,” explained Norris.

“It was more of a mistake on my part, I pushed the entry a bit too much and lost the rear.”

Magnussen was the fourth-fastest driver of the day with a 1:18.274 on the hypersoft tyre, but his afternoon’s running was shortened after causing a red flag.

The team spotted an issue with the car, so decided to end their test day early, completing 76 laps.

Nikita Mazepin made a series of improvements towards the end of the day and set the fifth-fastest time in the Force India, clocking a time just 0.07 of a second slower than Magnussen.

Jack Aitkin was handed his first test outing for the Renault team. His morning effort on the ultrasoft tyres ended up just over two seconds off the pace and good enough for P6, just ahead of Sauber’s Charles Leclerc.

Following his outing in free practice one for the Spanish Grand Prix, Robert Kubica returned to the FW41 for a full day of testing. He was another driver to have set his best lap time in the morning session.

Pierre Gasly was given half-a-day in the Toro Rosso and, after a delayed start, clocked up 39 laps en route to ninth overall in the standings.

Stoffel Vandoorne was at the wheel of the McLaren which was allocated to Pirelli testing. He finished in tenth place ahead of Jake Dennis who, after completing extensive simulator work for Red Bull, was given the opportunity to sample the RB14 in Barcelona.

Sean Gelael was given another opportunity to impress in the Toro Rosso. The Indonesian driver’s first day in the car was shortened due to a chassis issue with the STR13, but he managed a problem-free half-day in the car today, registering a best lap time of 1:20.763 and completing 77 laps for twelfth place.

After spending yesterday testing for Force India, Nicholas Latifi was given a day completing tests for Pirelli in the second Force India car.

1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m16.904 139 laps
2 Antonio Giovinazzi Ferrari 1m16.972 148 laps
3 Lando Norris McLaren/Renault 1m18.039 80 laps
4 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m18.274 75 laps
5 Nikita Mazepin Force India/Mercedes 1m18.334 112 laps
6 Jack Aitkin Renault 1m18.942 120 laps
7 Charles Leclerc Sauber/Ferrari 1m18.993 139 laps
8 Robert Kubica Williams/Mercedes 1m19.253 123 laps
9 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso/Honda 1m19.410 39 laps
10 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Renault 1m19.914 96 laps
11 Jake Dennis Red Bull/Renault 1m20.440 75 laps
12 Sean Gelael Toro Rosso/Honda 1m20.763 83 laps
13 Nicholas Latifi Force India/Mercedes 1m21.412 121 laps

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