Young gun Verstappen unleashes his pace in Barcelona on day three

Toro Rosso rookie sets the pace on super-soft tyres, and is well clear of the pack.

Teenaged Formula One racer Max Verstappen set the fastest lap on the third morning of Formula One testing at Barcelona.

The Toro Rosso youngster slapped a set of super-soft tyres on his Renault-powered Toro Rosso STR10 and lapped the Spanish GP venue in 1m24.739s. The time is just a couple of tenths slower than Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo lapped in yesterday, when he did a 1m24.574s.

World champion Lewis Hamilton was second fastest for Mercedes, ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who suffered an embarrassing start to the day when he spun off on cold tyres first thing.

Daniil Kvyat is fourth fastest for Red Bull, ahead of Williams’s Felipe Massa, Force India’s Pascal Wehrlein – who is on loan from Mercedes – and Lotus's Pastor Maldonado.

Jenson Button has had a troubled morning again in the new McLaren-Honda, as it shut down on track causing a red flag. Marcus Ericsson also didn't do many laps due to a gearbox issue with his Sauber.

Light rain showers have affected the running this morning.

Barcelona Day Three morning times

Pos. Driver Team Time Gap Laps
 1. Max Verstappen Toro Rosso-Renault 1m24.739s   60
 2. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m26.142s +1.403 41
 3. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m26.407s +1.668 54
 4. Daniil Kvyat Red Bull-Renault 1m26.589s +1.850 34
 5. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1m26.912s +2.173 55
 6. Pascal Wehrlein Force India-Mercedes 1m27.699s +2.960 36
 7. Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Mercedes 1m27.966s +3.227 42
 8. Jenson Button McLaren-Honda 1m29.151s +4.412 12
 9. Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 1m42.179s +17.440 6

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Series Formula 1
Event Barcelona F1 testing
Track Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Drivers Jenson Button , Lewis Hamilton , Felipe Massa , Pastor Maldonado , Sebastian Vettel , Daniel Ricciardo , Marcus Ericsson , Daniil Kvyat , Max Verstappen , Pascal Wehrlein
Article type Testing report
Tags barcelona, f1 testing, verstappen fastest