Another dominant day for Ferrari who set the best lap in day two of winter tests in Montmelò. Charles Leclerc was fastest with a lap of 1:18.247, as he completed 157 laps. Leclerc’s schedule seemed very similar to the one made by Vettel yesterday, as he was just a tenth of a second slower than the German and they both run for more than 150 laps. The Monegasque driver found his best lap in the late morning, as he had a couple of short stints with yellow C3 tyres.
Second place for McLaren with Lando Norris who also impressed with a decent pace both on softer and harder compounds. The English rookie closed the day with a 1:18.553 made just a few minutes before the chequered flag. Third place for Kevin Magnussen, with Ferrari-McLaren-Haas confirmed as the virtual podium for the beginning of the first week of testing. It is interesting to remark that all drivers found their best laps on Pirelli C3 tyres but Norris, Albon and Giovinazzi who used the softer C4 compound.
Mercedes didn’t actually go for lap times, but their program also looked very strong. Both Hamilton and Bottas drove the W10 over the Circuit de Catalunya for an overall of 163 laps, showing great reliability and an impressive pace in long-runs.
A red flag occurred in the afternoon due to Pierre Gasly’s crash: the young Red Bull driver lost his car between turn 11 and turn 12, crashing his rear wing to the wall with an hour to go in day 2. The Frenchman closed his day with 92 laps and seventh fastest time in 1:19.814.