Sebastian Vettel was once again the leading man in Formula 1 testing today.

The German steered Ferrari to the top of the timesheet for the second successive day of pre-season tests at Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona. He had a best mark of 1 minute 22.810 seconds while completing a total of 126 laps.

Vettel was more than two seconds quicker than on the opening day of testing on Monday.

Sebastian Vettel stays on top
Sebastian Vettel stays on top

His impressive showing was marred after his SF16-H stopped out on track with just three minutes to go before the end of the day’s running. The session was red-flagged, marking the end of day two.

Vettel now hands over the cockpit duties to Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen for the final two days of tests on Wednesday and Thursday in Barcelona.

Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull Racing was second fastest on the day with a 1:23.525 lap. Sergio Perez of Force India had a 1:23.650 time to rank third.

Full Results

1Sebastian VettelFerrari1m22.810s-126
2Daniel RicciardoRed Bull/TAG Heuer1m23.525s0.715s112
3Sergio PerezForce India/Mercedes1m23.650s0.840s101
4Nico RosbergMercedes1m24.867s2.057s172
5Marcus EricssonSauber/Ferrari1m25.237s2.427s108
6Esteban GutierrezHaas/Ferrari1m25.524s2.714s79
7Valtteri BottasWilliams/Mercedes1m25.648s2.838s134
8Pascal WehrleinManor/Mercedes1m25.925s3.115s71
9Fernando AlonsoMcLaren/Honda1m26.082s3.272s119
10Jolyon PalmerRenault1m26.189s3.379s42
11Max VerstappenToro Rosso/Ferrari1m26.539s3.729s121

Sebastian Vettel commented:

"We’ve been working on a lot of things as you can imagine. It is a brand new car, we have new bits on the car and things in different places.

"There’s still a lot of stuff that we know is coming, and we know we have to improve, but overall for these two days I’m fairly happy.

"I think so far the first thing that matters is that the feeling is good and the initial feeling was fine.

"I think building up in the first two days was important – the car is reacting, doing what I ask for, so that’s positive now."

Aside from Raikkonen, others to go out on track on Wednesday for the third day of sessions are Lewis Hamilton for Mercedes, Jenson Button for McLaren, Felipe Massa for Williams, Romain Grosjean for Haas, Daniil Kvyat for Red Bull, Kevin Magnussen for Renault, Nico Hulkenberg for Force India, Carlos Sainz Jr for Toro Rosso, Rio Haryanto for Manor and Felipe Nasr for Sauber.

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