Ricciardo tops second morning of Barcelona testing

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Daniel Ricciardo was fastest on the second morning of pre-season testing in Barcelona.

Ricciardo topped the morning session at the Circuit de Catalunya with a time of 1:24.574, posted on the soft tyres ahead of the lunch break.

The Australian, who prompted a brief red flag after stopping at the end of the pitlane, managed 63 laps.

Kimi Raikkonen was second for Ferrari, the Finn a mere hundredth of a second adrift of Riccardo’s best time from the morning.

Sergio Perez ended the morning third for Force India, completing 44 laps at the wheel of the team’s 2014 car.

Nico Rosberg was passed fit to drive, despite some neck pains, and managed 66 laps, the most of any driver in the morning, on his way to fourth fastest.

McLaren was forced to cut short its running on the opening day, but the team had a relatively trouble-free morning on Friday, as Fernando Alonso racked up 28 laps in the Honda-powered MP4-30.

The Spaniard’s time of 1:26.367 was good enough for fifth on the timesheets, half a second clear of Williams’ Felipe Massa.

Marcus Ericsson completed 58 laps on his way to seventh in the Sauber, while Jolyon Palmer was eighth fastest on his Lotus testing debut.

Carlos Sainz propped up the timesheets for Toro Rosso, with 42 laps on the board.

This article first appeared on Richland F1 – Image courtesy of Red Bull Content Pool

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