Mazepin leads F1 testing on Mercedes debut regardless of inflicting purple
Nikita Mazepin marked his testing debut for Mercedes by setting the quickest time on the second day of Method 1 testing in Barcelona, regardless of inflicting a purple flag within the morning session.
The Russian — who has been finishing up simulator work for the crew alongside a non-public testing program in a 2017 automotive — spun at Flip 12 and received caught within the gravel, with the session stopped till the automotive was recovered. Mazepin didn’t let that incident faze him, nevertheless, as he duly went on to set the quickest time of they day.
Utilizing the softest tire compound accessible — C5 — within the afternoon, Mazepin was operating on the identical tire at the same time to Valtteri Bottas on Tuesday and was simply over 1 / 4 of a second slower than the Finn as he posted a 1m15.775s.
A late lap from Alexander Albon put Toro Rosso second on the timing screens — 1.three seconds adrift of Mazepin — however a stoppage at Flip 10 then triggered a purple flag, because the fifth of the day ended operating prematurely.
Third was Antonio Fuoco because the Italian made his first Ferrari look since 2015. Fuoco is a part of Ferrari’s simulator crew, and took over fundamental duties from Charles Leclerc to submit a 1m17.284s on C4 tires. That left him simply 0.065s away from Leclerc who was finishing up tire testing for Pirelli in a second Ferrari, though the compounds used will not be identified to the crew through the take a look at.
<h2 class="related__header">Extra Method 1!</h2><a category="block block--related" href="https://racer.com/2019/05/15/binotto-says-spain-exposed-ferrari-weaknesses/" data-track="-in-article-related-auto"><h2 class="block__title">Binotto says Spain uncovered Ferrari weaknesses</h2><h2 class="block__title">Haas title sponsor Wealthy Power loses court docket case over brand</h2><h2 class="block__title">Ilott in search of solutions after Alfa testing crash</h2></apart> <p>Kimi Raikkonen continued the Ferrari hyperlink as he ended up fifth quickest, however used the C5 as he helped Alfa Romeo recuperate from an costly crash on Tuesday. Callum Ilott’s Method 1 debut ended with a high-speed off at Flip three on the opening day, however Alfa Romeo was capable of change quite a few elements to run with out bother on Wednesday, ending 1.6s off the tempo and managing 110 laps.</p> <p>Jack Aitken testing improvement elements for Renault and was sixth forward of Kevin Magnussen, with the Haas race driver specializing in the improve package deal launched through the race weekend. The replace featured a brand new flooring, entrance wing, bargeboards and mirrors, and marks a big aerodynamic change for the crew.</p> <p>Nick Yelloly had a much less productive day as he remained within the Racing Level, finishing 83 laps as quite a few purple flag interruptions restricted operating. Yelloly was 0.1s off Magnussen and over 0.3s away from one of many drivers to trigger a delay, Nicholas Latifi.</p> <p>The Williams reserve driver got here to a cease on the pit lane exit through the morning session, however returned to the monitor afterward and was 2.8s off the general tempo after utilizing the softest accessible compound at a venue the place Williams seemed its best in qualifying.</p> <p>Dan Ticktum received one other Crimson Bull outing and was 10th quickest but in addition triggered the primary purple flag of the day, as a suspected driveline difficulty meant the crew misplaced a couple of hours of operating.</p> <p>There was additionally bother for McLaren because it break up its operating between two simulator drivers. Whereas Oliver Turvey’s morning went easily, Sergio Sette Camara — racing for DAMS in Method 2 this season — was solely 19 laps into his debut for the crew when he stopped on the method to Flip 10 after lunch and didn't return to motion.</p>