We’re back at a cold Circuit de Catalunya for day two of testing, with Sebastian Vettel, Max Verstappen and Robert Kubica in action for the first time.
Overnight snow had cleared in Barcelona but the freezing temperatures were still lingering as the pit lane light went green on day two. A star-studded line-up was on show…
— Pirelli Motorsport (@pirellisport) February 27, 2018
However, there was no immediate rush to get a timed lap on the board as plenty of teams ran a vast array of aero devices to collect that all important data.
The rear of the car was the area of interest for the unmistakable Force India…
Vandoorne also braved the cold to run some early tests.
With the day’s forecast continuing to look bleak, circuit officials opted to cancel the scheduled lunch break in order to maximise track time.
🔥🔥 BREAKING! There will be no stop lunch today. Session will run from 9AM to 6PM. So, pitlane walkabout has been cancelled. #F1Testing
— Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (@Circuitcat_eng) February 27, 2018
After two and half hours of the morning session, Valtteri Bottas and Carlos Sainz were the only two drivers to set timed laps.
Charles Leclerc provided the day’s first major scare by getting mighty close to the wall.
Kevin Magnussen also got into a little bit of bother…
— Haas F1 Team (@HaasF1Team) February 27, 2018
Meanwhile, Ferrari and Mercedes were keeping in close quarters as the now unofficial lunch break approached.
Have to give him props as Max Verstappen took the time to give a wave to the fans in the grandstand opposite the pits despite spending most of the morning in his garage due to a fuel leak on the RB14.
Sergey Sirotkin continued to adapt to life in Formula 1 with Williams.
Mercedes decided to keep Bottas in the car for the rest of the day, giving Hamilton the day off.
NEWS: @ValtteriBottas will continue to drive for the remainder of Day 2. This is to maximise our mileage after the poor track conditions limited running this morning. #DrivenByEachOther @F1 pic.twitter.com/Mj7Ed1H04O
— Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) February 27, 2018
Verstappen finally got to put in the laps in the afternoon.
Williams were happy to announce the arrival of Robert Kubica to the car, the reserve driver replacing Sirotkin for the final few hours of Tuesday’s running.
Robert Kubica ✅
Williams Mercedes FW41 ✅
Test Day 2 ✅
— WILLIAMS RACING (@WilliamsRacing) February 27, 2018
Vettel went quickest with a 1:20.168 only to spin at Turn 2, kicking up gravel and causing the day’s second red flag. He later swapped to the soft tyres and upped his pace to a 1:19.673.
Carlos Sainz, in action on Tuesday, reported after Monday’s rain that Halo made it difficult to judge the conditions.
“Today when it started raining a bit, the rain, you couldn’t see it on the visor,” he said. “The Halo was not allowing the rain drops to go onto the visor.
“So you were not really seeing if it was raining or not. You were just feeling it in your hands, in your ass to see how the grip was.”
Leclerc and Magnussen spent the day at the bottom of the timesheet with the Haas driver slowest of all with a 1:22.727.
Snow fell in the penultimate hour, sending everyone who was out on track scurrying back to the pits. Some, though, did venture out for a few more laps.
— Renault Sport F1 (@RenaultSportF1) February 27, 2018
Vettel finished the day with the P1 ahead of Bottas.