Mercedes test driver Nikita Mazepin was fastest on the final day of testing at the Circuit de Catalunya – Barcelona. The Russian set a 15.7 in his first outing in the teams 2019 car, setting a time two tenths slower than Valtteri Bottas managed on Tuesday.
Mazepin completed a series of performance runs during the afternoon breaking into the 16’s then down into the 15’s in the final half an hour using the C5 compound of tyre. In the Russian’s first outing he managed nearly two race distances, his only error spinning into the gravel at Banc de Sabadell.
The fastest times all came in the final hour, as Alex Albon managed to retain second ahead of the Ferrari of Antonio Fuoco. The Toro Rosso driver was over a second off the pace on the same compound.
The British-Thai driver went second, before being pushed down by the Italian. Albon responded by going two tenths quicker before stopping on track at La Casa.
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was fourth fastest, the Monacan carrying out a hundred and twenty-seven laps as part of Pirelli’s development programme. That put him four hundredths faster than Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen.
The Finn in the rebuilt Alfa was on a similar pace to the Ferrari on the soft tyre throughout the day.
Renaults test driver Jack Aitken was sixth, the British-Korean almost two seconds off the pace after a series of runs on the C5 tyre during the latter part of the day doing performance work. Aitken’s work focused on developing new parts.
Haas’s Kevin Magnussen was seventh on the C3, he was unable to improve his fastest time from the morning. His day focused on data gathering as the team looks to understand
While Racing Point’s Nick Yelloly was able to improve going eighth fastest and Williams finally got off the bottom of the times.
Nicholas Latifi put the struggling team ninth, the highest position they have managed all season. The Canadian’s day coming to an end when his car stopped at the end of the pit lane.
Red Bull’s running was limited after Dan Ticktum grounded to a halt with a driveline issue. while Sergio Sette Camara’s McLaren bow was cut short after what appeared to be a mechanical fault.
That put him behind the second Pirelli test car, the Racing Point of Lance Stroll. The Brazilian had replaced Oliver Turvey who drove before lunch for the Woking team.
Camara told ESPN, “I was able to learn some new procedures, see how the car felt and do a few flying laps. It’s a shame we had to cut the day short, but from my side I learned a lot and I’m really happy to have had the chance to drive a car like that.”
Action resumes for most drivers next Thursday in Monte Carlo for round six of the F1 championship and round four of the F2 season.