F1 2017 testing: Barcelona Day 2

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F1 is all set to resume in Australia this March with a plethora of technical changes that have resulted in bigger, wider and louder cars! For the first time in Formula One history, FIA’s technical regulations have focused on making the cars faster in 2017. And from the first impression of cars hitting the track in Barcelona, one will not be disappointed with the new direction the sport has been reset to.

Here are the updates from Day 02 of the F1 2017 testing.

Morning Session

1. The day started off on a positive note for reigning world champions Mercedes with Lewis Hamilton setting the pace for the day. Hamilton, who had originally set a 1.21.766 on the soft tires later lowered the lap times with a rare run on Super Soft tires.

2. Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was in place of Sebastian Vettel on day 2, running on a similar program as Vettel during the first half of the day. As on day 1, Ferrari looks strong in their runs and also look very good under braking.

3. Force India’s late start to the day didn’t affect them too much as their new driver Esteban Ocon quickly positioned the VJM10 into 3rd after quick laps with soft tires. However, just before breaking for lunch, the car came to a halt past turn 10 bringing out the red flags.

4. Rookie driver Lance Stroll in the Williams completed 12 laps before he spun into turn 9, bringing out the red flags. A high speed run off caused damages to the FW40 which put an end to their morning session earlier than they would have expected.

5. Sauber’s replacement driver for Pascal Wehrlein, Antonio Giovinazzi, could not set representative times due to an engine related delay. He completed 2 installation laps.

6. Stoffel Vandoorne sat behind the wheel for McLaren Honda’s second day of testing. Although he was able to complete 29 laps by mid-day, he suffered a stoppage at the end of the pitlane by the second lap. This meant McLaren had to carry out their second engine change post the loss of power.

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Ferrari’s German driver Sebastian Vettel signs autographs at the Circuit de Catalunya. © Getty Images

Afternoon Session

1. Kimi Raikkonen’s laps during the soft tire stint saw him clear Lewis Hamilton’s fastest lap time set on the super-softs in the morning session. The Finn went on to complete 108 laps in the SF70H without any reliability issues.

2. Valtteri Bottas, who took over Hamilton in the afternoon, completed 102 laps in the Mercedes despite spinning out at T9. Bottas also ran the Double T-Wing (debuted by Hamilton earlier in the morning) for much of the second session.  The drivers have together tallied 168 laps on Day 2.

3. Stoffel Vandoorne continued to drive the McLaren MCL32 in the afternoon after much of the 5 hours were spent in replacing the power unit. Vandoorne could rack up only 11 laps in the afternoon, which added to the 29 in the morning, is McLaren’s most number of laps so far.

4. Kevin Magnussen in the Haas team completed 118 laps, making him the driver with the highest mileage.

More to follow on Day 3.

This article was originally posted on On The Podium