Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel set the pace in day two of testing at Jerez adding another 89 laps to the reliability equation. While Ferrari’s winter testing has gotten off to a commendable start, it hasn’t been easy for the new kid on the block, Honda.
McLaren Honda struggled today with just six laps for 2009 world champion, Jenson button, before coming to a halt signaling a second day of challenges for the team and their new power unit supplier.
The good news of the day might be the arrival of Lotus, who missed day one, as they had driver Pastor Maldonado at the wheel for some much needed laps using their engine supply from Mercedes.
Speaking of Mercedes, while many fans are yelling “sandbagging” based on their 1st day’s performance, the team managed 91 laps with 2015 world champion Lewis Hamilton at the wheel before experiencing a water leak that halted their test day.
Times from day two of testing:
1. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, 1:20.984, 89 laps
2. Felipe Nasr, Sauber, 1:21.867, 88 laps
3. Valtteri Bottas, Williams, 1:22.319, 61 laps
4. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 1:22:490, 91 laps
5. Max Verstappen, Toro Rosso, 1:24.167, 73 laps
6. Pastor Maldonado, Lotus, 1:25.802 41 laps
7. Jenson Button, McLaren, 1:54.655, 6 laps
8. Daniil Kvyat, Red Bull, No time, 18 laps