Scuderia Ferrari was the fastest of the day 2, Charles Leclerc with a time of 1:19.689 on C3 tires. The Monegasque continued a promising pre-season test for Ferrari by setting the fastest time on Day 2 in Barcelona.
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc led the way during the second day of Formula 1 pre-season testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
Leclerc posted a time of 1:19.689s to finish two-tenths clear of AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly.
Morning pacesetter Daniel Ricciardo wound up third overall.
Off-track talk surrounded the developing crisis in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Formula 1 teams are due to convene with CEO Stefano Domenicali this evening to discuss the situation.
Lap times at the end of Day 2 of pre-season testing in Barcelona.
|6||Vettel||Aston Martin||1:20.784 (C3)||73|
|7||Pérez||Red Bull||1:21.430 (C3)||78|
|10||Zhou||Alfa Romeo||1:21.885 (C3)||71|
|12||Stroll||Aston Martin||1:21.920 (C3)||55|
|15||Bottas||Alfa Romeo||1:22.288 (C3)||21|
Formula 1 holds its Russian Grand Prix at Sochi, with the 2022 edition scheduled for September 25, and leading drivers have already called for its cancellation.
The situation is also likely to impact Haas, which has Russian firm Uralkali as its title sponsor, and Nikita Mazepin as a driver.
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Mazepin’s father, Dmitry, owns Uralkali, and has previously been aligned with Russian President Vladimir Putin, with the pair meeting as recently as mid-January.
The US-registered team has not yet issued a public comment on the situation and withdrew team boss Guenther Steiner from his scheduled appearance at the lunchtime press conference.
Haas owner Gene Haas has been present at testing today.
Mazepin was in action for Haas on Thursday afternoon, taking over from Mick Schumacher, as the squad accrued valuable mileage, despite the Russian being delayed by a fuel pump issue.
That accounted for one red flag of the day, with the other caused by Red Bull’s Sergio Perez shortly before lunch, due to a gearbox problem.
Perez was absent from the circuit for much of the early afternoon before eventually resuming his programme.
Alfa Romeo finally had a productive session as Guanyu Zhou made his debut behind the wheel of the C42.
Zhou completed more laps during the four-hour session – 71 – than Alfa Romeo managed in the first three sessions combined.
Elsewhere the phrase ‘porpoising’ has become commonplace owing to the way the new cars are effectively bouncing along the straights approaching maximum speed.
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|F1 PRE-SEASON TESTING 2023|
|Date||Morning Session||Afternoon Session|
|Day 1||23rd February||8:00am – 12:00pm||1:00pm – 5:00pm|
|Day 2||24th February||8:00am – 12:00pm||1:00pm – 5:00pm|
|Day 3||25th February||8:00am – 12:00pm||1:00pm – 5:00pm|
|2023 F1 Car Launches|
|Red Bull||RB19||03 February|
|Alfa Romeo||C43||07 February|
|Aston Martin||AMR23||13 February|
|Bahrain 2023||05 Mar|
|14:30 - 15:30||Free practice 1|
|18:00 - 19:00||Free practice 2|
|15:00 - 16:00||Free practice 3|
|18:00 - 19:00||Qualifying|
|18:00 - 20:00||Race|
|Bahrain||57 laps||308.238 km|
|2023 F1 Calendar|
|3||Australian||Albert P||2nd Apr.|
|4||Azerbaijan||Baku City||30th Apr.|
|5||Miami||Baku City||7th May|
|Drivers Standings 2023|