McLaren’s Jenson Button has set the fastest time during the morning session of the post-Spanish GP test running the super-soft tyre, 0.010 seconds quicker than Sebastian Vettel.
Vettel completed mainly short runs on the soft tyre during the morning session as Ferrari attempted to understand the troubles they experienced in qualifying on Saturday. The German posted his best time shortly before the lunch break, registering a 1:23.763 and almost levelling Button’s time set on the super-soft.
Nico Rosberg was third for Mercedes running the medium tyre the entire session, the championship leader finished 1.346 off Button’s benchmark.
Williams spent the morning session trialling a large double rear wing to simulate higher levels of downforce in preparation for the 2017 season. Development driver Alex Lynn was behind the wheel of the FW38 and set the fourth fastest time 2.3 seconds off the pace.
Daniel Ricciardo spent the first two hours of the session completing installation laps as his RB12 was fitted with the upgraded Renault engine, the Australian eventually set a lap time good enough for fifth position, ahead of Manor’s Pascal Wehrlein.
Esteban Ocon was busy for Renault completing 47 laps in the four-hour session and finished in seventh ahead of Romain Grosjean in the Haas.
Both Pierre Gasly driving for Toro Rosso, and Force India’s Alfonso Celis were over four seconds off the pace finishing in ninth and 10th respectively.
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