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.
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.
"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.
|6||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/TAG Heuer||1m25.235s||1.974s||135|
|7||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m25.300s||2.039s||166|
|8||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m25.593s||2.332s||128|
Testing continues Thursday.