Day three of testing may not have shown us who has ultimate pace—testing rarely does—but it did offer a pleasant surprise for Formula 1 newcomer, Haas F1, with Romain Grosjean taking his car to second on the day.
The lap total count was comprehensively owned by Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz who put in a whopping 161 laps. Sauber’s Felipe Nasr clocked up 115 while Renault’s difficult first test was somewhat boosted by Kevin Magnussen’s 111 laps despite coming to a stop that brought out the red flag earlier in the day.
Jenson Button’s day ended early with a hydraulic leak on his McLaren holding his lap count to just 51. Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg took the top honrs of the day but cautioned taking too much hope by the pace as most teams are holding their cards very close to their chest on outright pace.
Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen had a mixed day with issues in the morning but was able to string together 78 laps and finished 3rd in the timing sheets. For Mercedes, they’ve only ran on the medium compound tires and amassed more total laps in three days than they did in all four days of testing in the first 2015 session.
|1||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m23.110s||–||99|
|6||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m26.239s||3.129s||161|
|9||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/TAG Heuer||1m26.497s||3.387s||74|