Vettel tops morning times in Barcelona (2nd Update)

Vandoorne hops out of his broken McLaren a third time
Vandoorne hops out of his broken McLaren a third time

UPDATE The hapless McLaren Renault has broken down a third time. Must be Honda's fault.

03/06/18 Vettel still tops the times as running continues at Barcelona. The McLaren has broken down a second time and had to be flat-bedded back in.

Last year they blamed their lack of running on Honda.

What is their excuse this year that 1) they keep breaking down and 2) They have to run much softer tires than everyone else in order to set a competitive time?

Vettel running hard
Vettel running hard

03/06/18 Sebastian Vettel set the fastest time on the first morning of Formula 1's second pre-season test at Barcelona, while Vandoorne’s McLaren was dead last.

Vettel topped the Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas to take Tuesday morning fast time honors, with Max Verstappen third-quickest for Red Bull.

Vandoorne’s McLaren, again running softer tires than anyone else to hide their true lack of pace, came to a halt exiting the final corner with a battery-related problem.

The McLaren remained in the garage most of the session.

Tuesday AM Times

1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m20.396s 0.000s Medium 86
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m20.596s 0.200s Soft 86
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m20.649s 0.253s Medium 85
4 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso/Honda 1m20.973s 0.577s Soft 53
5 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m21.298s 0.902s Soft 46
6 Sergey Sirotkin Williams/Mercedes 1m21.588s 1.192s Soft 42
7 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m21.738s 1.342s Medium 48
8 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Alfa Romeo 1m21.893s 1.497s Soft 56
9 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m21.936s 1.540s Soft 37
10 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Renault 1m24.773s 4.377s Super-Soft 7

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