Charles Leclerc brought Ferrari back to first place in Barcelona on Wednesday, with the Monégasque achieving a new best lap in pre-season testing.
Leclerc dominated the final 30 minutes of the morning session, ahead of Alex Albon of Toro Rosso, the only other driver to produce a lap below 1m17 and McLaren's Lando Norris.
Pre-Season Test Day 7 – Morning Session
|2||Albon||Toro Rosso||1: 16.882||75|
|4||Gasly||Red Bull||1: 17.091||44|
|6||Walk||Race point||1: 17.556||37|
|7||Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo||1: 17.639||49|
Barcelona continued on Thursday morning its perfect meteorological season penultimate day of pre-season testing.
The elements were the least of Ferrari's problems, with the Scuderia hoping to be spared the drama that plagued it yesterday when a rim failure sent Sebastian Vettel flying into the barriers, fortunately without consequences for the German driver.
While Mercedes and Renault continued their shared pilot routine, Ferrari assigned Charles Leclerc to a full day of testing, his last before the long haul Down Down in Melbourne.
The installation towers were followed by the usual measuring towers, with rakes, sensors and various protruding devices, but it was finally Nico Hulkenberg, Renault, and Lance Stroll, Racing Point, who were the first to accelerate .
Sixty minutes after the start of the session, Lewis Hamilton revised the two men, bringing the morning marker to 1m18.097, and many expect the Mercedes camp to unleash the full power of the W10.
The Brit was defeated by Pierre Gasly (Red Bull) for a lap of less than 1m18. The Frenchman ran with C3 tires, while Hamilton clocked his time in C2.
But the top of the timesheet was clearly considered the McLaren field and it is there that Lando Norris quickly placed his MCL34.
In two hours, Hulkenberg downgraded Norris with a time of 1m17.496, followed by Alex Albon of Toro Rosso, who claimed the title of P1 with a time of 1m.480.
Norris would not want to, however, the British McLaren (C4) sending the Toro Rosso with a time of 1m17.084 that Gasly has almost improved.
At the other end of the charts, Williams and George Russell continued their data collection program, just behind Kevin Magnussen de Haas.
The fast, drama-free morning has continued to clear with many purple areas on the screens, and Leclerc has picked up the pace of the SF90 to rank among the top three riders and do it using Pirelli's harder complex, undeniable sign of Ferrari's superior pace compared to its rivals.
The barrier of less than 1m17 was in sight and, it is certain, it had been pierced by Albon, the rookie preparing a 1m16.981 to establish the best winter tour so far on the Circuit de Catalunya.
The rookie of Toro Rosso even reduced his time by almost a tenth to settle at 1m16.882.
Leclerc breathed though in Albon's neck, bending his muscles while he was increasing the pace. Equipped with an eraser set & # 39; ultrasoft & # 39; C5, the Ferrari crossed the finish line in 1m16.658 to take the advantage.
Merciless, the Monegasque then turned on a 1m16.361 to let off steam.
A look at the qualifying standings of last year's GP of Spain showed that Leclerc was rapidly approaching Hamilton's 1m16.173 pole, a remarkable performance given the fact that the new rules of F1 should slow down this year's new specification loaders.
Leclerc did not finish, however, and in the last minutes of the session, he earned his fair share of pasta during the lunch break with a final result – for the morning – 1m16.231.
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