Vettel and Ferrari set the standard on day 2
F1 2016 Testing
Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari have set the fastest lap for the second day running, with the Ferrari driver putting in a 1.22.810, which was faster than last year’s pole position time, which was set by Nico Rosberg.
The Ferrari driver set a competitive 1:22.810 and former team-mate, Daniel Ricciardo was the driver to get closest to the dominant Ferrari, with the Red Bull less then a second off. The German brought an abrupt end to the session when he stopped at Turn 3 in the final few minutes.
Sergio Perez and Force India surprisingly set highly competitive pace on the second day of testing, after the Mexican driver took to the car for the first time in 2016, following rookie test driver behind the wheel on the first day of testing. The Force India driver eventually landed in third place, behind Vettel and Riccardo.
Mercedes did a swap of drivers for today, and Nico Rosberg took over Lewis Hamilton’s work for the second day of testing. The German did set the standard early on, however before long, a mighty Sebastian Vettel ensured the Mercedes driver wasn’t on the top of the time-sheets for long. The Mercedes driver ended the day in fourth place. Like Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg did lead the mileage game for Mercedes, with a total of 172 laps for the day.
Haas F1 enjoyed a great second outing with Mexican driver, Esteban Gutierrez, who finished the day in sixth place, having put in 79 laps. The American outfit set faster times than William’s driver, Valtteri Bottas, and must be said that today was a much smoother day following yesterday’s front wing failure with Romain Grosjean.
Reliability woes hit Renault factory team, and the team had to call it a day 45 minutes before the session had ended. The team report the cause was a suspected power unit related error, however the team hasn’t given more detail. Former McLaren driver, Kevin Magnussen will debut in the Renault car tomorrow.
It was a highly constructive day for Mercedes, Ferrari, McLaren, Williams, Force India, Sauber and Toro Rosso, where all teams crossed the 100 lap bracket in terms of mileage.