Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel continued to set the pace during the second day of testing in Spain, as he sampled Pirelli’s Ultra Soft tyres for the first time.
Vettel fitted the Ultra Soft compound shortly before the lunch break and clocked a time of 1:22.810, 0.715s ahead of Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo.
Ricciardo also completed his best time on the Ultra Soft tyres, a few minutes before Vettel lowered the benchmark.
Vettel, however, brought running to a premature halt when his SF16-H stopped at the entry to Turn 3 with five minutes remaining.
Vettel was nonetheless able to complete 125 laps but it was Mercedes which once again led the way in the mileage charts.
Nico Rosberg finished fourth, behind Force India’s Sergio Pérez, whose quick time came on Super Softs, but racked up 172 laps in the W07 Hybrid, and set his best time on Mediums.
Marcus Ericsson enjoyed a smooth final day in Sauber’s 2015 car before handing over to team-mate Felipe Nasr for the remainder of the week.
Esteban Gutiérrez missed the opening 90 minutes of running as Haas rectified the front wing problem which affected Romain Grosjean on Monday.
Once Gutiérrez joined the action it proved to be an encouraging day for Haas, as the Mexican finished in sixth place on Soft tyres and completed over a Grand Prix distance in terms of laps.
Valtteri Bottas finished in seventh for Williams and also achieved substantial mileage, as well as being one of the few drivers to run Pirelli’s Hard tyre.
Pascal Wehrlein had another outing for Manor ahead of his Formula 1 debut and placed eighth, three seconds down on Vettel, as the perennial backmarkers demonstrated improvement.
Fernando Alonso received his first taste of McLaren’s MP4-31 and racked up over 100 laps on a trouble-free day for the operation.
Renault’s Jolyon Palmer stopped on track with a suspected engine problem half an hour into the afternoon session, ending his day prematurely.
Max Verstappen’s STR11 came to a halt on the approach to Turn 13 during the morning session but he was able to return to action an hour later.
|2||3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull||1:23.525||112|
|3||11||Sergio Perez||Force India||1:23.650||101|
|11||33||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso||1:26.539||121|