Mercedes ends week one on top

It was a 1-2 for Mercedes as testing closed for the week today. 

Valtteri Bottas led Lewis Hamilton after his time from the morning being unbeaten by anyone to stand as the fastest time of the week.

Hamilton’s time on the C5 compound tyre in the afternoon proved 7 tenths off Bottas’ best effort.

The afternoon session had n early red flag after a puncture caused Kevin Magnussen to spin around at turn 7/8 and get lodged in the gravel.

He unfortunately did not make it out for the rest of the day and therefore only logged 4 laps against his name all day.

The other red flag was caused by Daniel Ricciardo’s Renault stopping at pretty much the same place with an issue that became a precautionary stop from the team which interrupted the race run.

The Renault was able to get back out but their running had been impacted.

Ricciardo’s teammate Esteban Ocon remained the runner up to the Mercedes, as he was in the morning.

He was more than a second off Bottas best time in a test that has not been the most succesful for Renault but despite their stoppage they completed 169 laps today, the same amount as the two Red Bull drivers combined.

Stroll continued to show the excellent pace of the Racing Point in fourth position with a brilliant 116 laps individually with Kvyat in fifth in a good showing for AlphaTauri.

Giovinazzi followed in sixth, himself setting an admirable number of laps by himself with 152.

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The two Red Bulls were split by Gasly  with Verstappen’s morning running leading the AplhaTauri, ahead of Albon’s afternoon pace.

Sainz was the lead McLaren in 10th followed by Grosjean.

Vettel ranked in 100 laps placing his Ferrari in 12th after a long stoppage in the morning due to an unspecified power unit issue.

This came on the day that Mattia Binotto has said to media that Ferrari are not as close as they want to be to their rivals currently.

The only cars behind were Lando Norris, Nicholas Latifi, who caused a red flag for a PU issue as well in the morning session and the unlucky Kevin Magnussen.

The fastest times for all the teams across the whole week are as follows:

  1. Mercedes 1.15.732 (C5)
  2. Alfa Romeo 1:17.091 (C5)
  3. Renault 1:17.102 (C4)
  4. Racing Point 1:17.338 (C4)
  5. AlphaTauri 1:17.427 (C4)
  6. Red Bull 1:17.516 (C3)
  7. McLaren 1:17.842 (C3)
  8. Ferrari 1:18.154 (C4)
  9. Williams 1:18.168 (C3)
  10. Haas 1:18.380 (C3)

Testing continues next Wednesday with three more days of action and preparation for the season. Chances are there will be a clearer understanding of a pecking order as teams do more performance runs closer to the season start.