Valtteri Bottas steered Williams to the top of the timesheet for the first time in Formula 1 pre-season testing today at Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona.

Bottas clocked a fastest lap of 1 minute 23.261 seconds to set the pace on day two of week two in testing.

Valtteri Bottas sets the pace
Valtteri Bottas sets the pace

The Finn was over three-tenths of a second quicker than world champion Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes who had a best time of 1:23.622. Kevin Magnussen of returning outfit Renault ranked third with a 1:23.933 lap.

Bottas commented:

"It’s been another good day. That’s it for me now for testing before we go to Melbourne. I’m feeling prepared and good in the car. I’m glad we have made progress during testing and I’m sure we will do even more before Melbourne. That’s it now for driving from my side. There’s more to follow in the next two days as we will discover more with Felipe. Thanks to everyone in the team for all their hard work over the last two tests."

Sebastian Vettel followed in fourth for Ferrari and Jenson Button fifth for McLaren.

Full Results

1Valtteri BottasWilliams/Mercedes1m23.261s-108
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes1m23.622s0.361s73
3Kevin MagnussenRenault1m23.933s0.672s126
4Sebastian VettelFerrari1m24.611s1.350s151
5Jenson ButtonMcLaren/Honda1m25.183s1.922s121
6Daniel RicciardoRed Bull/TAG Heuer1m25.235s1.974s135
7Carlos SainzToro Rosso/Ferrari1m25.300s2.039s166
8Sergio PerezForce India/Mercedes1m25.593s2.332s128
9Nico RosbergMercedes1m26.298s3.037s91
10Pascal WehrleinManor/Mercedes1m27.064s3.803s79
11Marcus EricssonSauber/Ferrari1m27.487s4.226s55
-Esteban GutierrezHaas/Ferrari--1

Testing continues Thursday.

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