Ferrari have thrown down the gauntlet to their rivals, with Charles Leclerc heading the timesheets after his first laps in anger in the SF90 at the Day 2 midway mark in Barcelona, the second successive day that the Scuderia have managed the feat.
Charles Leclerc is already showing why four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel considers him a "full rival" for being considered Ferrari's top driver.
It was all going well for Pierre Gasly until late this afternoon, when the Frenchman lost the rear end exiting T10 and went backwards into the barriers.
"Out of Turn 10 I went on the power and shifted to fifth and lost it", Gasly said. Damage to the rear wing from the collision meant his day was brought to a premature end as Red Bull's mechanics turned their focus to repairing the vehicle ahead of Max Verstappen's return to the cockpit on Wednesday.
While the majority of the teams near the top of the times had relatively smooth days, the same could not be said for Red Bull or Renault. It can be tricky to read too much into the first day as we don't know the team's running plans or fuel loads but there a few nuggets to take away from it. It was quite annoying to lose the last hour of testing. The failure happened while the DRS was open, hinting a potential problem with the design of the overtaking aid at high speed.
Whether this is a ploy by Zak Brown and his Business Advisory Group to attract new sponsors we don't know, but in the Woking team's favour is the fact that the MCL34 completed 104 laps, a far cry from those miserable early days with a certain former engine supplier. "As soon as I braked, I lost the vehicle and spun". We actually completed the programme just the way we wanted.
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As was the case on Monday, McLaren finished the day in second place, with Lando Norris setting a 1:18.553 towards the end of the day on the C4 tyre, which is a step softer than the C3 used by Leclerc. "But yes, I've seen the time. definitely the Ferrari has been going strong this morning".
"It's been a positive first day". But priority number one is trying to bring the team forward, obviously I've been around a lot longer compared to him, different things here he will have on his plate in the beginning.
Lance Stroll gave Racing Point some solid mileage after only 30 laps on day one, with 79 added on Tuesday.
Williams' new vehicle is due to arrive at the circuit overnight after work on the chassis was finally completed at the team's factory today.
"The times aren't important to us, it's about getting through the plans we have to do, especially in this part of the season when there are a lot of new things on the auto to test".