Hamilton sits out second day of F1 testing

Hamilton sits out second day of F1 testing

Hamilton sits out second day of F1 testing

Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull appear at this early stage to have the three fastest cars - as they did a year ago - while Renault, who were the next quickest team on Tuesday, as they were on Monday, are also looking promising.

Sebastian Vettel took advantage of the soft compound Pirelli tires during is afternoon run on a freezing day to record the fastest time in Day No. 2 of the Pre-Formula 1 test at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on Tuesday (Feb. 27) in Spain.

Despite an early fuel leak, Red Bull managed to put in another strong day of running with Max Verstappen at the wheel. Verstappen will just be hoping that it is more reliable than in 2017.

Mercedes driver Valterri Bottas will not attempt to play any mind games with his team-mate and four-time world champion Lewis Hamilton over the course of the 2018 as he believes it is a waste of energy.

"Considering that it was snowing also, at the end of the day it's okay, but it's very hard to get the tyres to work".

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Due to heavy snowfall overnight, the start of Wednesday's test session has been delayed, but Bottas is hopeful that the weather will improve by the first test's final day on Thursday.

"We rented the track and this is an important day for us", said Claire Williams.

The weather-affected opening days of pre-season testing have given few concrete clues as to how the pecking order could stand going into the campaign when it begins in Australia at the end of March.

Despite his lack of running, Hamilton revealed his initial impressions of Mercedes' W09 were positive.

"It's way too early to say but if I would have to guess something I would say it's definitely going to be closer", Bottas told reporters.

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Then, he hit out of a fairway bunker, over the water and onto the green at the unsafe 16th hole and faced a 65-foot putt. Webb Simpson, who shared the 18-hole lead with Alex Noren, made double bogey with a wedge in his hand on the par-5 18th.

"Have we made a step forward in terms of performance?" He was the best driver last season, but there is no driver who is unbeatable.

"I've learned a lot from that".

After losing valuable track time in the morning because of cold conditions, Mercedes stated it did not want to waste minutes swapping its drivers. "And then afterwards we completed quite a bit of what we wanted to do".

"We've done some mechanical tests already and got some answers and we can trust at a good percentage, even though it's cold". Hamilton completed just 25 laps on a cold and wet Monday, with snow later in the evening and temperatures plummeting.

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