Leclerc goes fastest yet in F1 testing

Leclerc goes fastest yet in F1 testing

Leclerc goes fastest yet in F1 testing

Carlos Sainz helped keep McLaren on top of the Formula 1 time sheets by posting the fastest lap of testing on Wednesday at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Lapping in ambient temperatures of 21 degrees Celsius, Leclerc went more than half a second faster than the best of the rest on the softest, and fastest, C5 compound tyres.

Leclerc will remain in the vehicle for Thursday afternoon's session but will hand over to team-mate Sebastian Vettel for Friday's final test day.

Nevertheless, it was an impressive display by Leclerc, who put in 138 laps having clocked a mark of one minute and 16.231 seconds from an impressive late charge on C5 Pirelli tyres before the lunch break.

Despite the crash, Vettel still managed the third fastest time of the day of 1min 18.195sec from his 40 laps.

Asked if he could have matched Leclerc's effort, Gasly said: "Honestly, no".

"I am very happy because we worked really well".

However, he remained upbeat with the way that the test had gone for Ferrari as a whole.

"Obviously I think as [with] everything we are not flat-out", Leclerc said.

"There's still some margin, a bit obvious in myself". "For the moment, I'll look back over these six days with my engineers, what I liked and what I didn't like, and try to put together the best compromise for my last day in the vehicle on Friday". After that I wasn't in control anymore and went straight into the barriers. The accident brought a premature end to Red Bull's afternoon and gave the team's nightshift mechanics a heavy workload ahead of the final day of testing on Friday.

"Inside the auto I was going into turn three and I had a feeling there was an issue with the front-left corner", Vettel explained yesterday.

"It will be a long night for the mechanics, I'm sorry for them".

"Yesterday, we could recover some of the track time lost in the morning, so I'm still positive with the auto and the feeling inside it".

Bottas made 96 laps, but could only set the 13th best time.

"It is not a flawless auto yet but you can feel the potential is there".

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc of Monaco drives past a banner in support of former Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher during a Formula One pre-season testing session at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, outside Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019.

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