Vettel tops final morning of F1 testing

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Vettel set the fastest time of testing this morning (Credit: Motorsport Images)

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel topped the final morning of pre-testing ahead of the 2019 Formula 1 season.

Vettel’s team-mate Charles Leclerc set the fastest time of testing at the Circuit de Catalunya in Spain yesterday afternoon with a lap-time of 1m16.231s.

The four-time world champion continued Ferrari’s apparent dominance today by recording a lap of 1m16.221s – one hundredth quicker than Leclerc’s benchmark.

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas was second fastest this morning as the defending champions continue to get to grips with the new aerodynamic package they introduced for the second week of testing.

Bottas’ 1m16.591s was the fastest time Mercedes has set over the course of the two weeks.

McLaren’s Carlos Sainz Jr set the initial pace earlier in the morning with a 1m16.913s, before he was usurped by Vettel, Bottas and the Toro-Rosso of Daniil Kvyat.

Romain Grosjean’s Haas was just a tenth slower than the McLaren of Saint as he set the fifth fastest lap, a further tenth ahead of Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo.

Kimi Raikkonen was the fastest man not on Pirelli’s quickest ‘C5’ (Compound 5) tyre as he was seventh for Alfa-Romeo. His car stopped at Turns 1 and 2 however which brought the session to an end eight minutes early.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen set the eighth quickest time but on the even slower ‘C3′ (Compound 3) rubber. Verstappen was delayed in getting out on track as the team repaired from Pierre Gasly’s crash yesterday which also meant they ran their old bodyguard design instead of the updated version.

Racing Point’s Sergio Perez and Williams’ Robert Kubica were ninth and tenth quickest respectively as Williams continue to recover from missing the first two days of testing last week.

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