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Barcelona F1 Test Day 2: Leclerc has Ferrari smiling

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It’s good news for Tifosi! Charles Leclerc put Ferrari top of the timesheets on the second day of Formula 1 pre-season testing in Barcelona on Thursday.

The Monegasque set a time of 1:19.689s in the post-lunch session having taken over from teammate Carlos Sainz who was in the Maranello-based team’s car in the morning.

Leclerc said in the Ferrari team report: “A pretty good afternoon here in Barcelona! We completed a lot of laps again, which is what counts the most at testing. Our aim is to drive as many kilometres as we can, to complete as many different tests as possible and that’s exactly what we did.”

Teammate Sainz, who did the morning shift, reported at the end of the day: “It was another productive day in which we were able to complete the whole run programme, which at this stage is the most important thing.”

He led Pierre Gasly, who was second for AlphaTauri with Daniel Ricciardo third for McLaren.

The Australian, getting his first testing run in the car, was fastest going into the lunch break, continuing the strong start to the team’s programme in Barcelona made by teammate Lando Norris who set the pace on Wednesday.

Ferrari again topped the mileage charts with Leclerc and teammate Carlos Sainz, who was fifth, clocking a total of 150 laps.

Like McLaren, the Italian team, who are hoping to end a two-year victory drought this season, have also made a promising start to their 2022 campaign, with Leclerc and Sainz having gone second and third behind Norris on Wednesday.

Seven-times F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton, who drove for Mercedes in the morning, propped up the timesheets. But his new teammate George Russell, who took over after lunch, put the constructors’ champions fourth overall.

Lap times count for little in testing with teams and drivers running different programmes and fuel loads

World champion Max Verstappen, who clocked the highest individual lap count on Wednesday, handed over to team mate Sergio Perez.

But the Mexican’s running wasn’t as trouble-free as he ground to a halt with a gearbox issue in the morning session, causing the first red flag stoppage of the year. The 32-year-old did make it back out to end the day with 78 laps and the seventh-fastest time.

Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin bounced back from a difficult opening day to log a combined 108 laps for U.S.-owned Haas.

The Russian did, however, lose track time due to a damaged fuel pump, bringing out the second red flag of the day.

Drivers and teams were also still familiarising themselves with their new cars, which have been radically redesigned to improve the racing spectacle in the biggest rules shake-up in decades.

Many of the 2022 challengers, generating more of their aerodynamic grip from underneath the car, were seen bouncing as they sped down the straights in a phenomenon known as “porpoising”.

Guanyu Zhou, who this season will become the first Chinese F1 driver, made his testing debut for Alfa Romeo. He completed 71 laps on his way to 10th. (Reporting by Abhishek Takle)

F1 Testing Times Day2 Barcelona 2022