Ricciardo leads for Red Bull on second morning of Barcelona F1 test

Daniel Ricciardo set the morning pace on the second day of Formula One testing in Barcelona.

The Red Bull driver's best time of 1:24.574 was around half a second quicker than the benchmark set by Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado on the opening day of testing.

Like Maldonado, Ricciardo set his time using the soft Pirelli tyres.

The Australian finished just 0.010 seconds ahead of Kimi Raikkonen in the Ferrari, the Italian squad enjoying another strong start to the day.

Force India's Sergio Perez was third in the 2014 car, less than two tenths of a second off the pace.

Nico Rosberg was in charge of testing duties for Mercedes despite being in doubt due to the problems with his neck, the German having a productive morning on his way to the fourth fastest time.

Despite the fear that its work would be interrupted again following yesterday's problems, McLaren had a promising first half of the session with Fernando Alonso.

The Spaniard covered 28 laps and wound up fifth ahead of Felipe Massa in the Williams and the Sauber of Marcus Ericsson.

GP2 champion Jolyon Palmer made his debut at the wheel of the Lotus E23, the Briton setting the eight quickest time after 31 laps.

Carlos Sainz took over from Toro Rosso teammate Max Verstappen and was slowest.

There was only one red flag in the morning, when Ricciardo had to be pushed back into his garage after stopping in the pitlane.

Pos. Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1:24.574   64
2. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:24.584 +0.010 46
3. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1:24.702 +0.128 44
4. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:25.556 +0.982 66
5. Fernando Alonso McLaren-Honda 1:26.387 +1.813 28
6. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1:26.927 +2.353 47
7. Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 1:27.334 +2.760 58
8. Jolyon Palmer Lotus-Mercedes 1:28.128 +3.554 31
9. Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso-Renault 1:28.945 +4.371 42

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Series Formula 1
Event Barcelona February testing
Sub-event Day 2
Track Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Drivers Kimi Raikkonen , Fernando Alonso , Felipe Massa , Carlos Sainz , Nico Rosberg , Pastor Maldonado , Sergio Perez , Daniel Ricciardo , Marcus Ericsson , Jolyon Palmer , Max Verstappen
Article type Breaking news