Ferrari stays top with Leclerc quickest on day two of F1 testing

Ferrari stays top with Leclerc quickest on day two of F1 testing

"The amount of laps that we did how the team was handling the vehicle and obviously everything is more on the edge compared to previous year auto and tight and so on, what you'd imagine but as I said no no major dramas".

Had anyone been under the impression that Sebastian Vettel's domination of proceedings yesterday was in anyway a fluke, today his young teammate sought to put such doubts to rest.

"He's in the seat for a reason so I've got to take it very serious". It can be tricky to read too much into the first day as we don't know the team's running plans or fuel loads but there a few nuggets to take away from it. "But yes, I've seen the time. definitely the Ferrari has been going strong this morning".

This week's test at Barcelona is the first opportunity to get feedback from drivers on how the cars interact with one another on-track with the new front wings. Pierre Gasly was getting his first taste of the RB15 and had enjoyed solid running until just over an hour from the finish, when he lost the rear at Turn 13 and spun into the barrier.

"At the start I was thinking to myself "don't spin it this morning", and that's exactly what I did! For us it's a vital piece of the jigsaw to get us into a competitive position not just for this year but for next year and potentially beyond". However, it was another day without Williams, as the team had already announced it would miss the second day of running due to delays with the FW42.

"I am sure when we do all the testing we will end up at some point behind other cars".

"We've been very impressed by the approach of Honda and the progress that they've made".

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"I'm actually looking forward to it".

Five times world champion Lewis Hamilton shared the work at Mercedes with team mate Valtteri Bottas, who did the morning session in the silver W10 before handing over. "It was quite cold in the morning, so switching the tyres on was a little bit tricky, but it seemed like a few people had similar issues.

We got through our running plan and there's lots for us to learn about the new auto which we will be working on".

"It's good to be back in the vehicle and it's great to see the auto is running as smoothly at it is".

Pierre Gasly, who replaced Ricciardo at Red Bull, was also fortunate to not crash when his vehicle turned and slid rear-first into the gravel.

Comparisons between the top two teams remain hard without anything resembling a qualifying or race simulation from either and it should be noted that Mercedes rarely shows its hand in the opening week of testing.

"The day was positive and I was really happy to be back behind the wheel after the winter break" said Gasly later.

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