Nikita Mazepin went from spinning out on his Mercedes debut to topping the timesheets in Wednesday’s test at the Barcelona circuit.
Formula 1 was back in action at the test arena on Wednesday for Day Two of the Spanish Grand Prix test.
And, unlike on Tuesday, there was a lot more drama.
Sergio Sette Camara first-ever Formula 1 run with McLaren ended after just 19 laps.
The Brazilian Former 2 driver replaced Oliver Turvey in the McLaren MCL34 after the lunch break only to come grinding to a halt at Turn 10.
The car was taken back to the pits on a flatbed truck, leaving oil behind on the track with the marshals laying down cement dust.
McLaren confirmed that Sette Camara’s day was done as the team investigated the cause of the breakdown.
The McLaren reserve driver wasn’t the only one to bring out the red flags on Wednesday.
Earlier in the morning Dan Ticktum broke down in the Red Bull, stopping in the final sector as his RB15 ran into trouble.
He was joined on the red flag list by Alexander Albon, who stopped at Turn 10 late in the day, Nicholas Latifi in the Williams as well as Mazepin, who was testing for Mercedes.
Mazepin somewhat blighted his copybook just before the lunch break as he did a “gentle 360 to inspect a gravel trap”
Whoops 😅 A gentle 360 to inspect a gravel trap just before the lunch break for Nikita!
Boys have the car back already and are checking for any damage 👌 pic.twitter.com/7yZEIfpfZj
— Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) May 15, 2019
The Russian driver would redeem himself hours later as he went quickest in the final hour of testing first with a 1.16.894 before lowering that to a 1:16.590.
He continued to lay down fastest laps, finishing the day with a 1:15.715.
That put him 1.3s up on Albon. The Toro Rosso rookie posted his fastest time of the day moments before stopping out on track.
Antonio Fuoco was third as he made his Ferrari debut, his time 0.065s faster than Charles Leclerc, who was tyre testing for Pirelli.
Kimi Raikkonen was fifth for Alfa Romeo, finishing ahead of Jack Aitken, the morning’s pace-setter Kevin Magnussen and Racing Point’s Nick Yelloly.
Nicholas Latifi was ninth for Williams with his time quicker than what Robert Kubica managed in Q1 for the Spanish GP. Latifi has been linked to the Polish driver’s race seat.
Ticktum completed the top ten.
Wednesday’s times and compounds
— Pirelli Motorsport (@pirellisport) May 15, 2019