Vettel fastest again at Jerez as McLaren and Mercedes hit problems

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Sebastian Vettel was fastest for a second consecutive day at Jerez, as pre-season testing continued on Monday.

Vettel set the pace in the morning on the medium tyre, posting a lap of 1:20.984 to establish himself at the top of the timesheets, a position which was safeguarded by a late rain shower in the final hour of running.

Felipe Nasr ended the day second in the new Sauber, the Brazilian eight-tenths shy of Vettel’s benchmark time after a lap on the soft Pirelli tyres, but ahead of the similarly shod Williams of Valtteri Bottas in third.

Lewis Hamilton racked up 91 laps on his way to fourth in the Mercedes, but the reigning champion failed to get close to team-mate Nico Rosberg’s 157 lap haul from the opening day after a water leak curtailed his running in the afternoon.

McLaren endured another taxing day at Jerez, with Jenson Button completing just six laps over the course of the day due to more teething problems with the Honda-powered MP4-30.

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Red Bull’s day was heavily compromised by an early off for new-recruit Daniil Kvyat which left the team with a broken front wing and no spare.

Forced to wait for the delivery of a replacement, the team sent the Russian out without a front wing for the remainder of the day, and he failed to set a timed lap.

Lotus debuted its 2015 car, the E23, on Monday after missing the opening day of running in Jerez, and Pastor Maldonado completed 41 laps before the rain cut short his running late on.

Images courtesy of Scuderia Ferrari and Mercedes AMG PETRONAS

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