Day of the second Formula 1 test of 2017 was led by recently retired-back-for-more Felipe Massa in his Williams F1 and after his rookie teammate ended their efforts early in the first test of the season, it was good to see Massa get some serious seat time so the team can start sorting the chassis.
Massa was followed closely by Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and also by what some are calling the potential big-gainer in 2017…Ferrari. Massa set a 1m19.726s time with Ricciardo at 1m19.900s and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel at 1m19.906s.
McLaren was, once again, stricken by engine trouble prompting a change but they did manage to claw out 80 laps on the day in the hands of rookie Stoffel Vandoorne who seems to be acquitting himself much better than Williams rookie, Lance Stroll.
Mercedes had early issues with a damaged floor on Lewis Hamilton’s car but he did manage 49 laps before handing the car over to his new teammate, Valtteri Bottas, who hammered out another 86 laps.
Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg managed 57 laps despite early engine issues that scuttled his teammate, Jolyon Palmer, morning runs. Both Sauber and Haas pounded out more Ferrari engine mileage with a total of 181 laps. Ferrari are certainly showing reliability and racking up serious mileage that seems to be on pace.
|2||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m19.900s||0.174s||89|
|6||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1m21.347s||1.621s||142|
|9||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m21.743s||2.017s||83|