McLaren struggles as F1 testing resumes in Spain

  • McLaren struggles as F1 testing resumes in Spain

McLaren struggles as F1 testing resumes in Spain

Elsewhere, it was business as usual for Mercedes with Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton enjoying another productive on split-shift duties.

Grinding all morning like his colleagues, Red Bulls' Max Verstappen equalled his rivals' lap count but ended just 0.253s off Vettel's best time.

With little more than half an hour to go Vettel ended a long run on mediums with the fastest lap of the session, a 1m20.396s, to move two tenths clear of Bottas. His best time, just 0.577 off Vettel's pace, combined with the fact that he has completed 53 laps suggests the Faenza outfit has pace as well as reliability.

Vandoorne carried out running following the lunch break but stopped on track once more midway through the afternoon session, this time due to a suspected hydraulic leak, prematurely ending his day.

Tuesday morning's timesheet displayed a familiar tale as Ferrari and Mercedes battled at the front while McLaren were bottom with only a handful of laps on the board.

McLaren had a miserable day, Vandoorne clocked just 38 laps and spent the majority of the day in the garage.

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany steers his car during a Formula One pre-season testing session in Montmelo outside Barcelona Spain Tuesday

The Belgian remerged nearly an hour later but then stopped on track at the start of the pit straight, bringing out the red flag. The vehicle then remained in the garage until the final minutes of the morning session when Vandoorne returned to the track to complete three further laps.

"Today wasn't the day we had hoped for on track, but, despite this, we aren't overly concerned about the issues that we've faced today", said Racing Director Eric Boullier. It means the team has just one clean test day under its belt since the start of testing and has just three days left to make up for lost time before the Australian Grand Prix later this month.

Stoffel Vandoorne suffered a loss of electrical power on his installation lap and had to be pushed back to McLaren's garage, and the same issue affected his next run. "A good day - only one small battery lead broke so we had to change that".

Making the most of the improved track conditions, the track temperature reaching 32'C, he covered 86 laps in the morning's session. Gasly still finished fifth in the standings at the end of the day.

Nico Hulkenberg was seventh for Renault, with Carlos Sainz eighth after taking over the RS18 for the second half of the day.

Rookie Sergey Sirotkin was ninth fastest for Williams, he ran in the morning before handing over to Lance Stroll, who ended up with the slowest time on the hyper-soft tyres.