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Seven times champion Formula 1British Lewis HamiltonGive mercedeswho drove the final day of pre-season testing in Barcelona, and was the fastest rider in all activities this year in Spain with a time of 1:19.138.
He was ahead of fellow countryman and new partner George Russell, who clocked a time of 1:19.233, also on C5 tyres, and put Mercedes second in laps. The top three were closed by Mexican Sergio Perez, who “hit” 1 minute 1956 minutes with Red Bull, using C4 compounds.
With the rubber from the C3 group, defending champion Max Verstappen, the Dutchman from Red Bull, had the fourth best time, at home taking 1min 19sec 756. Whoever completed the top five was four-time champion Sebastian Vettel, German from Aston Martin (see The full leaderboard below).
The Alps were low afternoon in Barcelona. The French national team had already confirmed that it would not participate in the afternoon session. In the morning, with Spaniard Fernando Alonso on board, the car had problems and a fire broke out, which the inspectors contained. But the damage turned out to be greater than expected, and it was not resolved in time to put France’s Esteban Ocon on track for the rest of the day.
In the morning, the four hours of the session did not go as smoothly as possible, with a total of five red flags halting track activities. At first it was precisely Alonso that the Alps caught fire and made the inspectors work.
Then Pierre Gasly, of AlphaTauri, stopped the car in Sector One. Soon after the Frenchman’s trouble, it was the turn of rising Chinese player Guanyu Zhou, along with Alfa Romeo. He ended up making a turn in Turn 10 and was stuck in a gravel pit.
The Chinese also caused the fourth strike, when he was stopped at the last section of the track. The last red flag effectively ended the session. Seven minutes from the end, it was Vettel’s turn to stop at the track due to engine problems. In addition to the red banners, other problems hindered the programs of each team, such as Haas, who interrupted his morning activities due to a leak in the car of Russian Nikita Mazepin.
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