Sebastian Vettel sets the Formula One pace again

Sebastian Vettel sets the Formula One pace again
Ferrari Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany.

Barcelona - Vettel's time of 1 minute, 22.810 seconds at the Circuito de Barcelona was almost two seconds quicker than the pole position in Spain last year on the same track.



By AP

Published: Thu 25 Feb 2016, 5:34 PM

Sebastian Vettel continued to show good pace with Ferrari in Formula One's preseason testing on Tuesday, setting the fastest time for the second consecutive day. Vettel was seven tenths of a second faster than Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull, who also used Pirelli's new ultra-soft tire compound in his fast lap.
Vettel's time of 1 minute, 22.810 seconds at the Circuito de Barcelona was almost two seconds quicker than the pole position in Spain last year on the same track. Vettel also was fastest on Monday, ahead of defending F1 champion Lewis Hamilton.
The only setback for Ferrari came just minutes before the end of the afternoon session, when Vettel's car stopped on the track with an apparent mechanical problem, bringing out the red flag.
"So far the first thing that matters is that the car is reacting and doing what I asked for," Vettel said. Sergio Perez was third with Force India on soft tires, and Nico Rosberg was fourth with Mercedes on medium tires, two seconds slower than Vettel's time. Rosberg ran 172 laps, the most of any driver. Vettel had 126 while Hamilton drove 156 laps on Monday. A race at the Circuit de Barcelona is 66 laps.
"That was an F1 marathon today," said Rosberg, who drove for more than 800 kilometers (500 miles).

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel sets pace again  in Barcelona — AP
Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel sets pace again in Barcelona — AP
Lewis Hamilton of Britain, drives in the new Mercedes ahead of Sebastian Vettel's new Ferrari during a testing session at the the Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo just outside of Barcelona, Spain, Monday, Feb. 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Siu Wu)
Lewis Hamilton of Britain, drives in the new Mercedes ahead of Sebastian Vettel's new Ferrari during a testing session at the the Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo just outside of Barcelona, Spain, Monday, Feb. 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Siu Wu)

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