Kimi Raikkonen put a blot on Ferrari’s copybook as he dethroned Sebastian Vettel on Wednesday morning while Williams, again, didn’t put in a single lap.
All eyes were on the Williams garage on Wednesday after the team’s 2019 car, the FW42, finally arrived at the Circuit de Catalunya at 4am.
But while sounds were coming from the garage, along with tweets, the FW42 and George Russell were not seen out on track all morning.
— ROKiT WILLIAMS RACING (@WilliamsRacing) February 20, 2019
While Williams continued their work behind the scenes, Raikkonen and Alfa Romeo took centre stage.
The Finn covered 64 laps in the morning’s session with a fastest time of 1:17.762 on the C4 tyre, which is the second softest compound that is available this week.
Alfa Romeo were happy.
— Alfa Romeo Racing (@SauberF1Team) February 20, 2019
Vettel, who had led for most of the morning, had to settle for second place as he was just over half a second down on Raikkonen.
Nico Hulkenberg, Daniil Kvyat and Max Verstappen all joined Vettel into the 1:18s as the trio upped their pace in the hour before lunch.
Haas test driver Pietro Fittipaldi was sixth quickest despite a brief stoppage.
He brought out the only red flag of the morning when his VF-19 ground to a halt at Turn 8.
— Haas F1 Team (@HaasF1Team) February 20, 2019
He was back out on track in the hour before the lunch break to bring his tally of laps up to 48.
Carlos Sainz, who only emerged from the garage during the third hour of testing, was seventh with a 1:19.513.
McLaren delayed their on-track action as the team worked on the installation of a new gearbox, floor, and front wing.
— McLaren (@McLarenF1) February 20, 2019
Sergio Perez and Valtteri Bottas completed the timesheet.
The Mercedes driver covered a marathon 88 laps on Wednesday morning.
1. Raikkonen 1:17.762
2. Vettel 1:18.350
3. Hulkenberg 1:18.800
4. Kvyat 1:18.897
5. Verstappen 1:18.899
6. Fittipaldi 1:19.249
7. Sainz 1:19.354
8. Perez 1:20.102
9. Bottas 1:20.693