The Racing Point of Sergio Perez topped the morning session of the second day of pre-season testing, with a best time of 1m17.347s.
Perez continued his strong performance from the opening day of testing, where he finished inside the top three, to go fastest, four tenths ahead of the Renault of Daniel Ricciardo, having completed 48 laps.
But it was Mercedes who caused the biggest point for discussion on Thursday morning, with on-board cameras showing the world champion moving his steering wheel back and forth which in turn adjusted the angle of his wheels, aiding straight-line speed.
The new device was tested heavily throughout the morning by Hamilton, but outright pace was clearly not at the top of Mercedes’ agenda as they clocked the seventh fastest time with a 1m18.387s.
Ricciardo set the second best time of the day, having been fastest at one stage, but the team lost half an hour in the morning as Renault worked on the car, and he had completed 41 laps by lunchtime.
Alex Albon was in the Red Bull on Thursday morning and completed 59 laps, ending the session eight tenths adrift of Perez’s Racing Point, setting a best time of 1m18.155 to go third, while former Red Bull driver Pierre Gasly was fourth fastest in the AlphaTauri.
Gasly completed a respectable 74 laps in the morning, four more than the Williams of George Russell who was fifth fastest with a time of 1m18.266s.
Charles Leclerc remained in the Ferrari for the morning on day two, having filled in for the unwell Sebastian Vettel on Wednesday, and once again had a quiet morning finishing sixth in the classification, having only completed 49 laps.
Romain Grosjean was a tenth slower than Hamilton to end up eight fastest, but it was a productive morning for the American team as they racked up the second highest tally of laps with 87 tours of the Catalunya circuit.
Kimi Raikkonen’s best effort in his Alfa Romeo was 1m18.508s, while the McLaren of Lando Norris had the slowest time, with a 1m18.537s the 20-year-old’s best effort.
Day 2 Morning Results
|1||Sergio Perez||Racing Point||1m17.347s|
|3||Alexander Albon||Red Bull||+0.808|
|9||Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo||+1.161|