After a morning run on the medium tyres, Ferrari gave Kimi Raikkonen a fresh set of yellow-walled soft tyres for this afternoon’s pre-season test session. The move paid off and Kimi wrapped up day 2 of the Barcelona pre-season test as the fastest driver, but by the slimmest of margins.
The 2007 world champion’s time of 1:20.960 was .023 of a second quicker than Hamilton’s time this morning. Mercedes once again switched drivers between the am and pm sessions with new signing Valtteri Bottas partaking in the evening session. Bottas ran a full race simulation but only managed to clock the seventh fastest time, two seconds off the pace of fellow Finn Kimi and new team mate Lewis.
Esteban Ocon had an impressive first outing with his new team Force India and sat third fastest in morning practice. He was leapfrogged however this evening by Max Verstappen and Kevin Magnussen with the Red Bull and Haas drivers finishing 1.2 seconds off the pace and separated by just four thousands of a second.
It was a day of frustration for Williams as they managed just 12 laps throughout day 2. It wasn’t what the team wanted especially given that it was the turn of rookie Lance Stroll to pilot the FW40. The young Canadian needs every possible chance of lapping the car before the season opener in Melbourne. Stroll managed a 1:26.040 fastest time, some five seconds off the boil.