Sebastian Vettel fastest on second day of F1 testing in Barcelona

  • Sebastian Vettel fastest on second day of F1 testing in Barcelona

Sebastian Vettel fastest on second day of F1 testing in Barcelona

It is up to me how I perform on track, and I'll decide if I'll show muscle when it's needed. With no real understanding of whether good weather was coming or not, I took the decision to sacrifice that time in order for the team to gain better understanding of the auto. "The tyres are just not made for these conditions". "The tyres weren't really working in these temperatures, so I could not get a real feel for them". As a result, reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton did not take to the track and has only completed 25 laps in two days.

"We had a fuel leak and checked everything in the vehicle because the track was in a very bad state anyway, so we didn't really lose track time", Vestappen explained.

Lewis Hamilton said he made the call to "sacrifice" his driving time during Tuesday's test at the Circuit de Catalunya after opting not to take up his scheduled track time in the afternoon.

With the new cars set to shake up the grid, F1 fans will be hoping the likes of Max Verstappen, Bottas and Sebastian Vettel can light up the circuit and challenge for glory.

"We should not get into details too much because it's a bit pointless".

Yet with rare unanimity required for the rescheduling of the test, it seems that at least two teams objected.

The world champions wanted to make the most of the brief window of reasonable weather in the middle of the day after a cold start so opted against losing the time that would have been spent adjusting the auto to fit Hamilton.

"It's hard for me to say a whole lot about the vehicle because I did not drive it for a long time, but the initial feeling is good".

"If it's a concern, then we need to discuss at the strategy group where we should hold the tests next year".

That means Hamilton has made 25 laps in the Mercedes so far. But after stopping for lunch following a red flag caused by Sauber rookie Charles Leclerc spinning at Turn 4, McLaren did not return to the track for the rest of the day due to an issue with the exhaust clip, with Vandoorne's tally of laps limited to just 37.

Toro Rosso have kept Le Mans 24 Hour victor Brendon Hartley and Pierre Gasly - both of whom are set for their first full season.

Williams also completed a solid day of testing split between race driver Sergey Sirotkin and reserve driver Robert Kubica.

Indeed, it is believed that Force India also said "no".

With conditions expected to worsen on Wednesday and rain forecast for Thursday, it may not be until the second week of testing that the teams get stuck in to serious performance testing.