Thursday, 19 October, 2017

Bottas closes out Bahrain F1 test fastest for Mercedes

You couldn’t take wing off with a baseball bat now Bahrain GP ‘You couldn’t take wing off with a baseball bat now
Spencer Simpson | 20 April, 2017, 00:27

Valtteri Bottas takes over from Lewis Hamilton for Wednesday's running, after the Briton spent day one focusing on some new parts evaluation and tyre runs. The vehicle stopped on track at Turn 4 with a mechanical issue on the steering wheel in the early afternoon, causing a red flag, but it was back on track just 15 minutes after returning to the garage.

Vettel managed to rack up 55 laps in the afternoon en route to second place in the standings, with Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz Jr. finishing a further three-tenths of a second behind in third place.

His lap tally was in stark contrast to Ferrari, as Vettel endured frustrations with a large amount of time lost in the pits.

Kevin Magnussen was fifth fastest as Haas continued to test new brake supplier Carbon Industrie ahead of a possible switch from Brembo at the upcoming Russian Grand Prix. That led to an extended period of downtime in the garage as the team conducted a series of systems checks, but the vehicle reappeared in the early afternoon.

Esteban Ocon set the sixth fastest time after spending a morning in the Force India before handing over to teammate Sergio Perez.

"We fixed the problem", Wolff told reporters in Bahrain after qualifying.

Former McLaren test driver Gary Paffett was the only driver other than Bottas to log more than 100 laps as he completed his first day of running in Williams' FW40, while fellow tester Sergey Sirotkin racked up 90 laps for Renault as he finished just behind the veteran Briton in ninth.

Sergey Sirotkin's first full day in the Renault R.S.17 vehicle saw him finish ninth with 90 laps to his name, while Pierre Gasly was P10 for Red Bull. Sauber's Pascal Wehrlein finished up 11th, chalking up another 91 laps as his push for full fitness continued.

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