Vettel stays on top on Day 5 as McLaren and Red Bull stutter


Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel remained top of the timesheets in day 5 of pre-season testing, with McLaren and Red Bull both causing red flags on Tuesday.

Few drivers were able to improve on their morning running, despite a welcome appearance from the sun at the start of the final four-day pre-season test at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Vettel had headed the times at lunch, with a lap of 1:20.396s on medium tyres. He had completed 86 laps during the morning, the same amount Valtteri Bottas had cranked out in the Mercedes. Vettel added 82 more after the midday break, but did not improve his benchmark.

The Finn was two tenths slower that Vettel on the soft compound before handing over the W09 to his team mate Lewis Hamilton for the afternoon. The Briton had been the fastest man after the first week of testing, but wasn't focussed on speed on Tuesday and finished fourth on 1:20.808s.

Max Verstappen (NLD) Red Bull Racing RB13 stops

That put him behind Red Bull's Max Verstappen. However, the RB14 stopped at the first turn with an hour and a half to go. He was eventually able to return to the track and ended the day with a tally of 130 and the third-best lap time of the day of 1:20.649s set before lunch.

Pierre Gasly completed only 54 laps on Tuesday. He was forced to sit out the final three hours due to a brake system issue, but was still fifth fastest on 1:21.298s which put him ahead of Kevin Magnussen. The Haas lost time in the afternoon with an ERS issue that the team was soon able to fix.

Renault drivers Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz shared the R.S.18 on Tuesday and finished seventh and eighth fastest respectively, just two hundredths of a second apart after a combined total of 139 laps between them.

Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL) McLaren MCL33.

Williams' Sergey Sirotkin had a solid day with the ninth fastest time on soft tyres, clocking in at 1:21.588s after 42 laps. His team mate Lance Stroll was the slowest driver of the day, his best time of 1:22.937s on hypersoft tyres set after 83 laps.

Force India's Sergio Perez was tenth fastest on 1:21.643s after 93 laps, just ahead of Marcus Ericsson who completed an impressive 118 laps in the Sauber.

McLaren's Stoffel Vandoorne had a disappointing morning, completing only four laps before a power shutdown brought him to a stop on the main straight an hour in. He got a better workout after lunch and completed 34 laps, before grinding to a halt again in turn 3 with a hydraulics issue to bring out the red flag for the second time.

Pre-season test Day 5 - final

Pos Driver Team Time Laps Tyre
1  Vettel  Ferrari 1:20.396 168 M
2  Bottas  Mercedes 1:20.596 88 S
3  Verstappen  Red Bull 1:20.649 130 M
4  Hamilton  Mercedes 1:20.808 88 S
5  Gasly  Toro Rosso 1:20.973 54 S
6  Magnussen  Haas 1:21.298 93 S
7  Hülkenberg  Renault 1:21.432 48 M
8  Sainz  Renault 1:21.455 91 S
9  Sirotkin  Williams 1:21.588 42 S
10  Pérez  Force India 1:21.643 93 S
11  Ericsson  Sauber 1:21.706 118 M
12  Vandoorne  McLaren 1:21.946 38 SS
13  Stroll  Williams 1:22.937 83 HS

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