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Massa Fastest for Williams on Day One

By Adam Tate, Associate Editor

Felipe Massa and Williams surprised the field by topping the time sheets for the opening day of the second pre-season test from Barcelona today. The Brazilian veteran clocked a solid 1:19.726 in his FW40 on the super soft tires and logged a massive 168 laps around Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Daniel Ricciardo got Red Bull close to Massa’s time with a 1:19.900, but had to run the ultra soft tires in order to do so. The Aussie ran 89 laps for a solid if most unspectacular day in the RB13.

Sebastian Vettel tied Massa for most laps on the day at 168 and nearly matched him and Ricciardo on time with the SF70H hitting an ominously impressive 1:19.906 on the softs!

Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas took fourth and fifth for Mercedes after a conservative days running, but Bottas admitted track side that the pace of Ferrari and Red Bull is worrying. Hamilton went one step further and suggested that at this point Ferrari are the early favorites. Whether or not he believes that or just wanted to stoke the fires at Brackley remains to be seen.

McLaren had another miserable day as Honda had to yet again change the power unit in the MCL32. Stoffel Vandoorne got in 80 laps for the day, but Team Principal Eric Bouillier noted that the relationship with Honda is very strained at the moment.

Pascal Wehrlein, back from injury after his scary crash at the Race of Champions, made his 2017 debut for Sauber and ran 47 laps en route to the 11th best time of the day.

Pos Driver Team Times Laps Tires
1 Massa Williams  1:19.726 168 SS
2 Ricciardo Red Bull  1:19.900 89 US
3 Vettel Ferrari  1:19.906 168 S
4 Hamilton Mercedes  1:20.456 49 S
5 Bottas Mercedes  1:20.924 86 S
6 Ocon Force India  1:21.347 142 SS
7 Hülkenberg Renault  1:21.589 57 S
8 Magnussen Haas  1:21.676 81 S
9 Kvyat Toro Rosso  1:21.743 83 S
10 Vandoorne McLaren  1:22.537 80 S
11 Wehrlein Sauber  1:23.336 47 S
12 Ericsson Sauber  1:23.630 53 S
13 Palmer Renault  1:24.790 15 S


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Associate Editor of Motorsports Tribune and jack of all trades, Adam is our resident Formula 1 expert. He has covered F1, IndyCar, WEC, IMSA, NASCAR, PWC and more. His work has been featured on multiple outlets including AutoWeek and A MT Co-founder, Adam has been with us since the beginning when he and Joey created Tribute Racing back in 2012. When not at the track or writing about cars, Adam can be found enjoying the Oregon back roads in his GTI.

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