F1 Testing: Russell straps on softest Pirellis to go fastest

Mercedes newcomer George Russell strapped on the softest (C5) of the five tire compounds Pirelli brought to Barcelona for preseason F1 testing and has gone fastest 1/2-hour before the 1:00pm lunch break on the final day of testing in Spain.

However, Verstappen looks the strongest on the Mediums, obviously still sandbagging.

Times at 12:30pm Friday

Pos Driver Team Time Tire Laps
1 Russell Mercedes 1m19.233s C5 63
2 Verstappen Red Bull 1m19.756s C3 55
3 Vettel Aston Martin 1m19.824s C5 45
4 Leclerc Ferrari 1m20.092s C3 41
5 Latifi Williams 1m20.699s C4 5
6 Norris McLaren 1m20.827s C3 52
7 Alonso Alpine 1m21.242s C3 12
8 Gasly AlphaTauri 1m22.469s C4 40
9 Zhou Alfa Romeo 1m22.371s C3 40
10 Albon Williams 1m22.652s C3 21
11 Mazepin Haas 1m26.229s C3 9