Snow to wipe out F1 pre-season testing day

Doug Mendoza
March 2, 2018

"It is up to me how I perform on track, and I'll decide if I'll show muscle when it's needed", Sport24 quoted Bottas, as saying.

"With no real understanding of whether good weather was coming or not, I took the decision to sacrifice that time in order for the team to gain better understanding of the vehicle by going through the run plan". It later emerged that a clip holding the exhaust in place had come loose resulting in parts of the wiring loom becoming damaged.

Day One pacesetters Red Bull slipped to fourth and ran into their first reliability problems with the RB14.

"My average races, or good races, we want to make better and better so I am focussing on my weaknesses, and that is always the best way to go". With Pirelli's tyres struggling to operate if they are not warmed to 90C, air temperatures below zero and a track temperature of 2.2C meant there was little point in risking an accident in taking to the circuit. The next two days aren't going to be much better, next week we should know more.

"In the morning, we focused on aero work with different aero rakes on the auto, running various tests".

Using the soft tyre, Vettel became the first driver to lap below 1:20 and then on his next flying lap clocked a 1:19.673, half a second faster than Ricciardo's Day One pace.

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Nico Hulkenberg had been due in the auto in the afternoon, but like Mercedes the French team opted to stay with just one driver throughout.

Nico Hulkenberg, Lewis Hamilton and Robert Kubica were all due to take turns behind the wheel in the afternoon for Renault, Mercedes and Williams respectively, with the lunch break cancelled to allow for more track running. "Of course Fernando (Alonso) is a good driver and maybe they have a better vehicle, but it's too early to say where the McLaren is and how strong they are looking".

Mercedes driver Hamilton is the favourite to take the crown this season, which gets underway in Australia in less than a month.

"I've learned a lot from that". Toro Rosso will also be pleased with the 82 laps completed by Pierre Gasly, marking another day of Honda not being awful (a surprise, I know).

Williams added: "If there is an unanimous decision, perhaps we can find a compromise and do an extra day next week". It was Kubica's first time at the wheel of the new FW41 and he completed 47 laps with the seventh fastest time, 0.327s faster than Sirotkin in eighth.

The cold weather at Barcelona - with more snow being forecast for Wednesday - has led to debate about whether teams should test in Europe during pre-season, but Vettel believes "we just got a bit unlucky" with the weather this week.

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