Alfa Romeo took the spotlight from Ferrari as Kimi Raikkonen managed to put his car in front in the late morning. Raikkonen got a strong lap in 1:17.762 during a short stint with red C5 tyres, as no one else had managed to get below the 1:18s mark by now. The 2007 World Champion was the first driver to try Pirelli C5 compound and he immediately went on top of lap times. Raikkonen took the lead from former teammate Sebastian Vettel who also had a great morning. The German finished second in 1:18.350 with C3 compound, but most importantly he was able to drive in 1:18.614 with harder Pirelli C2.
The Ferrari SF90 still seems like the car to beat on the grid, even if Mercedes is on a completely different program who makes impossible to compare the two teams. Valtteri Bottas closed last before the lunch break in 9th position in 1:20.693, but he was also the most active driver on track with 88 laps, as Sebastian Vettel “only” did 64.
Third fastest so far was Nico Hulkenberg, as he pushed his Renault in 1:18.800 with Pirelli C4. Fifth place for Max Verstappen who run just 33 laps on Red Bull Honda as most of his work was focused on collecting data with big sensors on the front of the car. Only red flag in the morning was caused by Pietro Fittipaldi’s Haas as he stopped on track before turn 9.
Photos - 2019 Barcelona Test - DAY2