Ricciardo slaps on hyper-softs and breaks Barcelona record

Ricciardo here on Mediums before breaking the record on Hyper-Soft tires
Ricciardo here on Mediums before breaking the record on Hyper-Soft tires

Day 2 of the second F1 preseason test at Barcelona saw the McLaren come back on the flatbed once again with an oil leak that now requires an engine change. Perhaps a towing service wants to sponsor the team.

Meanwhile, Daniel Ricciardo set a new unofficial lap record of the Barcelona Formula 1 circuit.

Ricciardo's 1m18.047s, just after around lunch break on day two of the second test, was almost three tenths faster than Felipe Massa's record set in 2008.

Lewis Hamilton was 2nd quick 4/10ths behind Ricciardo on slightly harder ultra-soft tires mounted on his Mercedes

The leading two drivers were well clear of the rest of the field, with Sebastien Vettel's Ferrari best of the rest, 1.1s off the pace in third, but using the soft compound – three levels harder than Ricciardo's tires. Ferrari continued to be focusing on endurance and doing long runs, not speed.

Kimi Raikkonen was due to carry out Ferrari Wednesday's running but was replaced by Vettel before the start of the day because he was sick. Ferrari expects him back in the car this afternoon.

Times at Lunch Break

1 Ricciardo Red Bull Hyper-Soft 1m18.047s
2 Hamilton Mercedes Ultra-Soft 1m18.400s
3 Vettel Ferrari Soft 1m19.541s
4 Alonso McLaren Hyper-Soft 1m19.856s
5 Sainz Renault Medium 1m20.042s
6 Grosjean Haas Soft 1m20.237s
7 Stroll Williams Soft 1m20.349s
8 Ocon Force India Soft 1m20.805s
9 Hartley Toro Rosso Soft 1m20.834s
10 Leclerc Sauber Super-Soft 1m20.919s
11 Hulkenberg Renault Soft 1m22.480s

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