Verstappen continues pace in Barcelona

Max Verstappen continued on Wednesday where he left off in Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix by topping the times on the second and final day of the first in-season test of the season.

The Dutch teenager, who became the youngest winner of a Formula One race by steering his Red Bull to victory at the Circuit de Catalunya 72 hours earlier, showed no ill-effects after his prolonged  celebrations and struggles to sleep.

And he gave a thumbs-up to his Red Bull team’s new Renault engine after putting it through its paces for most of the day, running on a variety of tyre compounds to gain experience and understanding of his new car, just a week after his promotion from the Toro Rosso outfit.

"I think it is positive," said Verstappen, of the upgraded power unit. "I think mainly today we just wanted to check the numbers and the reliability and it was all good. We didn't have any problems so we could run the whole day.

“For me to get even more used to the car, now I think it was a good day for me to try new things on the steering wheel and it worked perfectly. We tested a lot of things. It all looks very positive." 

Verstappen set the pace in the morning with his best lap of one minute and 23.267 seconds and it remained unbeaten through the afternoon. He was only slightly shy of four-time champion German Sebastian Vettel’s best lap on Tuesday.

Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne endorsed the impression that McLaren Honda are on an upward curve with the second best time, 0.739 seconds off the pace set by the 18-year-old Dutchman. German Pascal Wehrlein, representing Mercedes, was third quickest, a tenth further back.

Defending three-time world champion Briton Lewis Hamilton was absent due to other commitments.

Mexican Esteban Gutierrez was fourth for the new American Haas team ahead of Ferrari's academy driver Italian Antonio Fuoco fifth, who was one of eight drivers to complete more than 100 laps.

The Williams team gave Brazilian Felipe Massa his chance to test their radical ‘double decker’ rear wing as they continued their data-collection ahead of the 2017 aerodynamic rules changes.

 

Day 2 results

Pos.

Driver

Team

Time

Gap

Laps

1

Max Verstappen

Red Bull

 1:23.267

 

 118

2

Stoffel Vandoorne

McLaren

 1:24.006

 +0.739

 108

3

Pascal Wehrlein

Mercedes

 1:24.145

 +0.878

 133

4

Esteban Gutierrez

Haas

 1:24.592

 +1.325

 105

5

Antonio Fuoco

Ferrari

 1:24.720

 +1.453

 118

6

Daniil Kvyat

Toro Rosso

 1:24.737

 +1.470

 116

7

Alfonso Celis

Force India

 1:25.016

 +1.749

 103

8

Kevin Magnussen

Renault

 1:25.133

 +1.866

 122

9

Felipe Massa

Williams

 1:27.167

 +3.900

 94

10

Jordan King

Manor

 1:27.615

 +4.348

 91

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