Formula 1 2018 Testing: Mercedes Set The Pace, Pain For Verstappen

Philip Boeckman Formula One 2018 testing

In a not so major surprise on day two of pre season testing at Circuit Catalunya, Mercedes set the pace, with Valtteri Bottas posting the fastest time of the day. 

The Finn's lap time of 1:20.270 usurped Stoffel Vandoorne's effort from earlier in the day. It's worth noting that Vandoorne's lap time in the McLaren was quicker than the fastest lap Mercedes set at last year's test session; a promising sign for the team and their new Renault engines.

Timings and performances have to be caveated with a note on the temperature in Barcelona today. Quite frankly, it was freezing. The thermometer struggled to get above 4 degrees in Spain today, dropping as low as 2 out on track. Never have we been closer to seeing an F1 car gunning it at 200mph in the snow than we have this afternoon. If only.

The cold restricted Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel to just 5 laps out on track in the early part of the morning, although he put in more minutes in the latter half of the session.

As for Max Verstappen, it was a day to forget for the Dutchman. The driver was hampered so many times last year by a car intent on hurting itself at every opportunity, and today it was more of the same. His Red Bull suffered an oil leak at the start of his session and limited him to just one installation lap. One can imagine the stream of expletives his team radio picked up. Let's hope the issues are confined to testing and are eradicated by the time we reach Melbourne in around a month's time.

Philip Boeckman

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