Vettel keeps Ferrari on top in ultra-soft tyre dogfight

Sebastian Vettel kept Ferrari atop the timesheets on the morning of the second day of pre-season Formula 1 testing at Barcelona, beating Daniel Ricciardo using the new ultra-soft tyre.

Vettel ousted Ricciardo from the top spot at the start of the third hour with a time just a thousandth slower than his own Monday benchmark of 1m24.939s, just before a red flag interruption as Max Verstappen’s Toro Rosso ground to a halt at Turn 13 with a suspected engine problem.

The action soon resumed with Ricciardo undercutting Vettel’s time by seven tenths, before the German responded by becoming the first man to dip under the 1m24s with a 1m23.658s.

It was at that stage that Ricciardo gave the purple-marked ultra-soft its first outing of the week, immediately going fastest on a 1m23.525s – until Vettel struck back moments later with the quickest time of the morning, a 1m22.810s.

Ricciardo nonetheless ended the morning with more miles completed than Vettel, having done 58 to the Ferrari driver’s 46.

Both lagged behind Nico Rosberg in the Mercedes on lap count, who posted 81 laps on his way to the third best time of the morning – albeit two seconds off the pace.

Sergio Perez was fourth for Force India ahead of Marcus Ericsson in the 2015-spec Sauber and Valtteri Bottas’ Williams, with Pascal Wehrlein putting Manor seventh for the morning.

Esteban Gutierrez spent the first 90 minutes of the session in the garage, and set the ninth best time when he emerged with the newly strengthened Haas front wing.

That put him one place ahead of Fernando Alonso in the McLaren, who completed a healthy 70 laps of running on his first morning in the Honda-powered MP4-31 – the second highest total of the morning behind Rosberg.

Tuesday morning test times:

  Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari 1:22.810 46
  Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull 1:23.525 58
3   Nico Rosberg  Mercedes 1:24.867 81
4   Sergio Perez  Force India 1:25.692 48
5   Marcus Ericsson  Sauber 1:25.734 49
6   Valtteri Bottas  Williams 1:25.872 56
7   Pascal Wehrlein  Manor 1:25.925 36
  Jolyon Palmer  Renault 1:26.189 41
  Esteban Gutierrez  Haas 1:26.931 32
10   Fernando Alonso  McLaren 1:27.198 71
11    Max Verstappen  Toro Rosso 1:27.346 59
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Series Formula 1
Event Barcelona February testing
Track Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Drivers Sebastian Vettel , Daniel Ricciardo
Teams Ferrari , Red Bull Racing
Article type Testing report