Vettel fastest for Ferrari on Monday morning


Sebastian Vettel topped the timesheets for Ferrari on the second morning of pre-season testing at Jerez.

Vettel sets the early pace with a series of quick laps an hour in on the medium tyres, later returning to the track to improve on his initial benchmark with a time of 1:20.984, the fastest lap of anyone so far in testing.

Reigning champion Lewis Hamilton ended the morning second for Mercedes, as he added to the hefty haul of mileage completed by his team-mate on Sunday with 73 laps of his own in the morning.

Valtteri Bottas improved late in the morning to go third, completing 24 laps for Williams, as the team focused on reliability work after a delayed start to its testing programme on the opening day.

F1 rookie Max Verstappen completed 43 laps on his way to fourth, on a relatively trouble-free morning for Toro Rosso, ahead of Felipe Nasr in fifth in the new Sauber, just three tenths adrift of the Dutch youngster.

Pastor Maldonado completed a series of short runs, racking up 13 laps as the Lotus E23 finally hit the track, after the team was forced to sit out the entire opening day.

Jenson Button completed just five laps in the Honda-powered McLaren, as the team battled more teething problems with the MP4-30.

Red Bull’s morning was seriously compromised after Daniil Kvyat broke the team’s only front wing after an early off-track excursion on Monday morning.

The team was forced to send the Russian back out on track without a front wing as it awaits the arrival of a spare.

Image courtesy of Scuderia Ferrari


2 thoughts on “Vettel fastest for Ferrari on Monday morning

    • Times mean very little at this early stage, but the Ferrari looks decent. Vettel is right to temper expectations. He’ll look silly if he talks up his chances and then they arrive in Oz and are mired at the lower end of the top ten again.

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