F1 Testing: Leclerc returns Ferrari to the top at end of Day 2

Charles Leclerc has returned Ferrari to the top of the speed charts as Day 2 of F1 preseason testing in Barcelona has come to a close.

Leclerc put up a lap time of 1m19.689s on C3 medium tires to go fastest in the radical F1-75 Ferrari.

“A pretty good afternoon here in Barcelona,” said Leclerc!

“We completed a lot of laps again, which is what counts the most at testing. Our aim is to drive as many kilometers as we can, to complete as many different tests as possible and that’s exactly what we did.

#16 Charles Leclerc, Scuderia Ferrari during the winter testing days, Barcelona 23-25 February 2022, Formula 1 World championship 2022.

“Again, we should not get ahead of ourselves because P1 doesn’t mean anything at this stage. We have to keep working extremely hard. Tomorrow is our final day at Barcelona and we have to make the most of it before we turn our attention to Bahrain.”

Pierre Gasly came closest in the Alpha Tauri at 1m19.918s, but he did it on softer C4 compound tires.

#10 Pierre Gasly Alpha Tauri Honda straps on softer red C4 tires but can only go 2nd quick during the winter testing Tuesday, Barcelona 23-25 February 2022, Formula 1 World championship 2022.

“I must say I am super excited to be back,” said Gasly.

“It was good to understand a bit more about how this car works and so far, it’s been really positive. Straight out of the box, I’ve felt quite confident inside the car, and it has responded the way I wanted.

“Obviously, there’s still a lot of work to do, but it’s been a pleasing start to the year. Personally, I’m trying to focus on how the car feels when I’m driving it and what I need to do myself to improve.

“Tomorrow we will continue to explore some different directions in terms of set-up, we have some good ideas that we would like to try and I’m sure we have more performance to come. There’s still so many unknowns so we’ll be looking at everything tonight with the engineers and then pushing for more tomorrow.”

Likewise, Daniel Ricciardo in third for McLaren turned his fastest lap on the C4 compound at 1m20.288s.

George Russell (C3), Carlos Sainz Jr. (C3) and Sebastian Vettel (C3) were 4th thru 6th.

#5 Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin during the winter testing days, Barcelona 23-25 February 2022, Formula 1 World championship 2022.

Dead last was the sandbagging Lewis Hamilton on the C2 compound tires, 2 full seconds behind his faster Mercedes teammate George Russell.

#63 George Russell: Mercedes AMG Team F1, faster than his teammate Lewis Hamilton both days, seen during the winter testing days, Barcelona 23-25 February 2022, Formula 1 World championship 2022.

The only red-flag in the afternoon was Nikita Mazepin who stopped at Turn 9 with a fuel pump issue just before the half-way point of the afternoon’s running,

More to follow…….

Day 2 Final Test Times at Barcelona

Pos Driver Team Time Behind Tire Laps
1 Leclerc Ferrari 1m19.689s 0.000s C3 78
2 Gasly AlphaTauri 1m19.918s 0.229s C4 146
3 Ricciardo McLaren 1m20.288s 0.599s C4 126
4 Russell Mercedes 1m20.537s 0.848s C3 65
5 Sainz Ferrari 1m20.546s 0.857s C3 71
6 Vettel Aston Martin 1m20.784s 1.095s C3 73
7 Perez Red Bull 1m21.430s 1.741s C3 78
8 Mazepin Haas 1m21.512s 1.823s C3 41
9 Albon Williams 1m21.531s 1.842s C3 47
10 Zhou Alfa Romeo 1m21.885s 2.196s C3 71
11 Latifi Williams 1m21.894s 2.205s C3 61
12 Stroll Aston Martin 1m21.920s 2.231s C3 55
13 Schumacher Haas 1m21.949s 2.260s C3 66
14 Ocon Alpine 1m22.164s 2.475s C3 124
15 Bottas Alfa Romeo 1m22.288s 2.599s C3 21
16 Hamilton Mercedes 1m22.562s 2.873s C2 40


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