Gasly crashes for second time, Ferrari up the pace

Date published: February 28 2019

Pierre Gasly crashes as Ferrari up pace

Charles Leclerc sent out a statement with Ferrari on the seventh day of testing, whilst there was another costly crash for Pierre Gasly.

Here’s how the day unfolded…

As the light went green for the penultimate day of testing, Lando Norris hit the track in his McLaren MCL34.

He led out his former Formula 2 rivals with George Russell and Alexander Albon the next out on track.

Despite only putting in a single lap on Wednesday following Sebastian Vettel’s crash, Charles Leclerc was the last driver to leave the pits on Thursday morning.

The Monagasque driver was seen for the first half an hour before heading out for a single installation lap.

30 minutes later he posted his first lap time of the day, a 1:19.191.

Lewis Hamilton posted the first lap time of the morning but it was a rather stead.m 01.389.

Nico Hulkenberg and Kevin Magnussen were quick to slash that to a more competitive 1:20.

Red Bull gave Pierre Gasly some rather impressive wings!

Williams upped the ante…

Renault and Nico Hulkenberg were enjoying their time in the sun out on track.

Kevin Magnussen was in action for Haas on what was a busy morning for the Dane.

It didn’t, however, come without a small mistake or two.

Hamilton, Gasly, Albon and eventually Norris all held down P1 at some stage of the morning.

A 1:17.084 was the time to beat from Norris an hour before the lunch break. The McLaren driver used the softest compound, the C5, to set his time.

Gasly was 0.007s slower!

Charles Leclerc fancied the challenge, smashing Norris’ time with a 1:16.231, pace which blew Alexander Albon’s 1:16.882, set just moments earlier, out of the water.

After a strong morning, the young Canadian looked to make his last session before Melbourne count.

It was an afternoon to forget for Gasly however, who fortunately walked away from his heavy crash at turn 9 unscathed.

And for your next job Roscoe, cook up a plan to catch these Ferrari’s…

Things weren’t going too smoothly for Romain Grosjean and Haas during the afternoon session.

Gasly’s stricken Red Bull returned…

Considering how testing began for Williams, this milestone is quite the achievement.

You think?

Stroll brought out the red flags with just over an hour to go as his Racing Point came to halt. That was the team’s first stoppage in testing so far.

A solid effort from Haas to get the car fixed and ready for on-track action.

The session ended on a sour note for Leclerc, as he pulled up at turn 9.

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