Max Verstappen has put his Red Bull on top of the timesheets on the final morning of the post-Spanish Grand Prix test.
Verstappen’s best time of 1:23.267 was set on the soft compound tyre after he had spent more than half of the morning session running on the medium compound, and was 0.739 seconds faster than next best Stoffel Vandoorne in the McLaren-Honda.
The teenager’s time was a fraction off Sebastian Vettel’s time set in the afternoon session yesterday, highlighting the effects the upgraded Renault power unit is having.
Vandoorne’s morning was primarily focused on aerodynamic and mechanical development as he set his best time on the super-soft tyre.
Toro Rosso returnee Daniil Kvyat was third fastest in the session, spending most of the four hours to get re-acquainted with his old car, the Russian completed his best lap on the soft tyre to finish 1.470 seconds off the pace.
Kevin Magnussen came in fourth a further four-tenths of a second behind Kvyat, but was 0.033 seconds faster than Mercedes’ late call up Pascal Wehrlein.
Esteban Gutierrez set the sixth fastest time as the team continue to work on their recent setup issues, while Antonio Fuoco was seventh fastest for Ferrari over three seconds off the pace. Fuoco enjoyed his Ferrari fan club deploying a large Ferrari banner opposite the pit lane, even if the flag was originally the wrong way around.
Felipe Massa continued to test the double-decker rear wing for Williams throughout the morning session which is aimed at simulating 2017 downforce regulations, he finished just under four seconds off Verstappen’s best time.
Jordan King finished in the final position, and was the cause of a brief red flag 20 minutes before lunch time, as the Manor driver ran off the track at Turn Seven and brought gravel onto the circuit upon his re-entry.
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