Vettel tops day two F1 testing timesheets

The Finn, who led the morning's session, was expected to hand the W09 over to team-mate Lewis Hamilton midway through the day but Mercedes opted to instead give him a entire day in the auto in order to take advantage of the afternoon's improving conditions.

The cold temperatures resulted in an off for Vettel, who got it wrong at Turn 2 and kicked up a hefty amount of gravel which brought out the red flags as the marshals cleaned the track.

"In the morning, we focused on aero work with different aero rakes on the auto, running various tests".

Vettel, like Hamilton a four times champion, lapped with a best time of one minute 19.673 seconds on soft tyres and also completed the most laps (98) despite flurries of snow later in the day.

Vandoorne did only 37 laps after a problem with the exhaust caused overheating.

It was, however, his 1:19.673 on the soft tyres that handed him the P1 slot ahead of Bottas. It follows a wheelnut failure for Fernando Alonso on Monday and means the team's lap count is just 19 laps higher than the same time previous year when it was struggling with Honda reliability issues. Toro Rosso will also be pleased with the 82 laps completed by Pierre Gasly, marking another day of Honda not being bad (a surprise, I know).

"It's way too early to say but if I would have to guess something I would say it's definitely going to be closer", Bottas told reporters.

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"Testing is always hard in these temperatures, the tyres are just not made for these conditions".

Magnussen made it back out for four laps at the end of the session after damage from his excursion had been repaired.

Behind Renault's Carlos Sainz in fifth was Toro Rosso's Pierre Gasly.

But Mercedes revealed Bottas would stay in the vehicle for the remainder of the day to "maximise our mileage".

Vandoorne still finished third fastest with a 1:20.325, however, his time was set on Pirelli's new hypersoft tyres.

Although Sebastian Vettel feels Ferrari's SF71H is a "step forward", he concedes he doesn't really know about performance given the weather in Spain. It was Kubica's first time at the wheel of the new FW41 and he completed 47 laps with the seventh fastest time, 0.327s faster than Sirotkin in eighth.

Tuesday's test will not feature a formal lunchbreak, with teams being permitted to keep running between 1-2pm if they want the additional track time.

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