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Result Barcelona F1 test 2018 (day 6): Ricciardo best time

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Result Barcelona F1 test 2018 (day 6)
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K ann Red Bull this season finally intervene in the title fight again? On Wednesday (March 7th, 2018) Daniel Ricciardo had a best time of the day in Barcelona. His fastest lap was stopped in 1: 18.047 minutes. In this test winter, no one has been so fast on the Catalan Grand Prix circuit.

In the best external conditions, Mercedes was only second. Lewis Hamilton drove three and a half tenths slower on his fastest lap in the morning, Valtteri Bottas took over the Silver Arrow in the afternoon and missed the Ricciardo mark by half a second.

Mercedes with harder tires than Ferrari

But you don't have to worry too much about the world championship team. While Ricciardo was on the very soft Hypersofts, Hamilton and Bottas drove on the one step harder Ultrasoft rubbers. Due to the lack of information about the amount of fuel in the tank, the times should be viewed with caution anyway.

The same applies of course to Ferrari's performance. Sebastian Vettel, who jumped in for Kimi Raikkonen in the morning, drove almost one and a half seconds slower than Ricciardo with soft tires. That meant 4th place in the daily ranking. Räikkönen drove slightly buffeted by an upset stomach only in the afternoon, but did not get past 8th place.

While there are still question marks when it comes to performance, nobody was naked when it comes to reliability. Mercedes covered the most kilometers of the three championship favorites on the sixth of eight days of testing. Hamilton and Bottas scrubbed 175 laps together in the Silver Arrow.

Things went well at Red Bull too. Ricciardo had to briefly interrupt his racing simulation in the afternoon with a small problem, but in the end he still managed 165 laps. Despite a somewhat longer break at noon, the two Ferrari drivers also made it into the three-digit range with 115 laps.

McLaren again with technical problems

Also Sauber (159), Force India (130) and Renault (190) ran all day with no apparent problems. Brendon Hartley's Toro Rosso stopped briefly at the pit exit, while Sergey Sirotkin's Williams went on strike in the middle of the pit lane. After short breaks, however, things quickly continued again.

There were only two bigger problem children in the field. Fernando Alonso's McLaren just wantsnot get going. The papaya car stopped with an oil leak after just two and a half hours. McLaren would have liked to continue the program quickly, but Renault asked for an engine change to be on the safe side to check whether the unit used had been damaged.

Although the exchange should only take three hours, the MCL33 only showed up 12 minutes at the end of the session. To the annoyance of the fans, the statisticians could not record more than 54 rounds for the local hero.

Haas and Sauber with small problems

Haas also did not manage to complete the planned program. Here, too, an oil leak caused a longer repair break. Romain Grosjean was held in the garage for three hours that afternoon. The Frenchman did not manage more than 78 laps in the remaining time.

For the inglorious end of the day, Sauber driver Charles Leclerc, who spun into the gravel trap at Turn 12 shortly before the end of the session. While the C37 was being recovered, the last few minutes of the session ran down. For the mandatory start exercises, the race management had the pit lane reopened 8 minutes after the final whistle. Mercedes, Ferrari, Haas, McLaren and Williams gratefully accepted the invitation.

In the gallery we show you the best pictures of the day.

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