F1 Testing: Ricciardo fastest in morning on final day

Daniel Ricciardo set the fastest time in the morning of the final day of Formula 1 pre-season testing in his Renault RS20.

Ricciardo has had a quiet test so far, but he topped the timesheet in the morning with a best time of 1m16.276s, putting him ahead of the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc by just 0.084s.

Leclerc had a productive morning in his SF1000, completing 76 laps, but he was outshone by the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton, who bounced back from a difficult afternoon on Thursday when he suffered an engine failure, to complete 89 laps, the most of any driver.

Hamilton ended up third fastest, having set a best time of 1m16.410s, ahead of the Racing Point of Sergio Perez, who once again looked impressive.

Whilst most of the teams set their best times on the supersoft tyre, Perez’s best effort of 1m16.658s was set on the harder medium compound, highlighting the fact that the Silverstone-based team seem to have taken a clear step forward.

Carlos Sainz was fifth fastest in his McLaren having completed 65 laps, while George Russell’s best effort of 1m16.871s was good enough for the sixth fastest time of the morning.

The AlphaTauri of Daniil Kvyat was seventh in the classification order, while the Romain Grosjean was eighth fastest with a time of 1m17.037s, having completed 86 laps.

Kimi Raikkonen’s fastest lap was 1.1s shy of Ricciardo’s pace-setting time, while Alex Albon was the slowest classified driver in his Red Bull RB16, having set a best lap of 1m 17.803s.

Second Test Day 3 Morning Results

Position Driver Team Time
1 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1m16.276s
2 Charles Leclerc Ferrari +0.084
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +0.134
4 Sergio Perez Racing Point +0.382
5 Carlos Sainz McLaren +0.544
6 George Russell Williams +0.595
7 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri +0.638
8 Romain Grosjean Haas +0.761
9 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo +1.139
10 Alexander Albon Red Bull +1.527