Vettel and Ferrari go fastest on day five of F1 testing as Mercedes hits trouble


Ferrari finally topped a testing session as Sebastian Vettel went fastest on day five


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Sebastian Vettel recovered from a mid-morning spin to record the fastest time on the penultimate day of Formula 1 testing.

The German broke into the 1min 16s for the first time since testing commenced, with his 1min 16.841sec the fastest time Ferrari has achieved so far.

Rivals Mercedes experienced its worst day of testing so far, completing just 61 laps after suffering an oil pressure issue.

Lewis Hamilton came to a halt after Turn Five in the afternoon with an oil pressure problem. It caused his power unit to fail, ending the reigning world champion’s running for the day.

Mercedes wasn’t the only team to bring out the red flags though.


Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes is recovered to the pit lane after stopping on track

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Three red flags during a busy morning session were thrown due to various drivers exploring the gravel traps in the first and second sectors.

Antonio Giovinazzi managed to tap the barriers on the exit of Turn Four but rejoined and made it to the pits while Vettel and Valtteri Bottas found the gravel and rejoined one corner on at Turn Five.

Max Verstappen was less fortunate as he beached his Red Bull with just over an hour to go in the morning session, bringing out the red flags.

Further down the order, Nicholas Latifi was kept busy in the Williams, recording 160 laps, the team’s highest total for all of testing so far.

Pierre Gasly was just shy of 140 laps in the AlphaTauri and finished the day second. His 1min 17.066sec a fraction faster than Lance Stroll in the Racing Point, a further five hundredths behind.

Classification Driver Team Time Laps
1. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m 16.841sec 145
2. Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1min 17.066sec 139
3. Lance Stroll Racing Point 1min 17.118sec 130
4. Nicholas Latifi Williams 1min 17.313sec 160
5. Lando Norris McLaren 1min 17.573sec 113
6. Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing 1min 17.738sec 31
7. Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1min 17.985sec 47
8. Esteban Ocon Renault 1min 18.013sec 37
9. Kevin Magnussen Haas 1min 18.225sec 111
10. Alexander Albon Red Bull Racing 1min 18.393sec 61
11. Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1min 18.395sec 59
12. Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1min 19.670sec 92
13. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1min 22.425sec 14