Sainz takes the lead  for Ferrari, while Hamilton had a quiet morning

As Formula testing started in Barcelona on Thursday, Ferrari was once again towards the peak of the timesheets, while Mercedes and Red Bull had a very low-key two hours.

Carlos Sainz

The second day of pre-season testing at the Circuit of Barcelona-Catalunya began with Carlos Sainz and Ferrari setting the pace.

Sainz started from the lead with a time of 1:21.010 on the Medium (C3) tyre, then improved to a 1:20.890 on the same composition on another sunny, lovely day at the Spanish Grand Prix venue.

On Wednesday, teammate Charles Leclerc set a time of 1:20.165 on C3 tyres, while McLaren driver Lando Norris set a time of 1:19.568 on the more powerful Soft C4s.

Pierre Gasly of AlphaTauri and Alex Albon of Williams finished second and third on the C3s, respectively.

The top three drivers all easily worked their way up to a race distance, with Sainz dominating the individual circuit charts with 34 laps.

Hamilton and Red Bull quiet, more problems for Alfa Romeo

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull, farther down the order, had a less effective day.

With only a few circuits under his belt, Hamilton spent most of the time the back of the pack, but a drive on Hard tyres put him in fifth place well before the two-hour mark.

Sergio Perez finished fewer than 20 laps during his first 2 hours of planned track time in the Red Bull, firstly with aero rakes on his car and not stringing runs together at the same tempo as his teammate after Max Verstappen’s solo drive to 147 laps on Wednesday.

Mercedes

At Alfa Romeo, however, the situation was even worse, with Valtteri Bottas failing to reach double figures in laps. It follows a slew of delays on opening day, including an early issue with the C42’s floor.

Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon, meanwhile, had their first pre-season performances for McLaren and Alpine, respectively.

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