Felipe Massa top as Williams and Ferrari accumulate big mileage
Second Formula One Winter Test - Day 1

Felipe Massa top as Williams and Ferrari accumulate big mileage

07/03/2017

Felipe Massa helped Williams make up for lost time by topping the first day of the second Formula One winter test during a mammoth stint in the FW40.

A heavy Lance Stroll shunt last Wednesday prevented Williams from running on Thursday, making a strong start to this week crucial for the team's preparations for the new season. Massa obliged with a 168-lap stint -- the same amount as Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel managed -- to give the Grove outfit a solid base to build the remaining three days around.

Daniel Ricciardo finished second for Red Bull, with an ultra-soft tyre lap leaving him 0.174s down on Massa's best (which came on super-softs). However, that lap time came during a fairly lengthy stint on Pirelli's softest compound, involving three laps of pushing and several more which involved practice starts at the end of the pit lane, suggesting there is plenty more to come on that tyre from the Milton Keynes team.

Sebastian Vettel continued Ferrari's very impressive start to testing, finishing third and accumulating the joint-biggest individual lap haulage of a single day so far. Once again, Ferrari stayed on the medium and soft compound tyres throughout the day, meaning we are yet to see the Italian team on Pirelli's softest compounds -- although, with fuel loads and engine modes unknown, reading too much into headline times is still unwise at this stage of pre-season. However, Vettel's impressive day will boost hopes of a competitive Ferrari package this year.

Mercedes pair Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas occupied the next two spots on the timing screens as the world champions continued their strategy of splitting schedules either side of lunch. Hamilton completed just 49 laps before lunch, with the three-time world champion later revealing a damaged floor had limited his time in the car. Bottas had more success with mileage after lunch, completing 86 laps, on a day which saw the world champions trial some modifications to the sidepod and bargeboard of the W08.

Force India enjoyed a very healthy day of mileage with Esteban Ocon at the wheel. The Frenchman completed 148 laps -- by far the team's biggest of the winter so far -- on a extremely impressive day of mileage for the Mercedes-engined cars. Nico Hulkenberg finished fifth for Renault having taken over from Jolyon Palmer at lunch. Palmer's day had been limited to just 15 laps in the morning due to a precautionary engine check. Kevin Magnussen completed 81 laps for Haas on another solid day of mileage for the American team.

Toro Rosso also had plenty of lost time to make up for after posting the lowest lap count of the opening week of testing. Despite a delay either side of lunch, Daniil Kvyat recorded a healthy 83 laps by the fall of the chequered flag at 18:00 local time, though Toro Rosso will be desperate for problem-free sessions in the remaining three days.

Stoffel Vandoorne and McLaren endured another frustrating day despite completing 80 laps. The Woking team encountered further difficulties with its Honda power unit, prompting another engine change, though it will be happy with how quickly it recovered from the morning setback to return to the track in the afternoon.

Pascal Wehrlein returned to testing for the first time since the back injury he sustained in the Race of Champions, though the German-Mauritian appeared to be limited in the programme he was running. Perhaps as a precaution given his injury, Wehrlein completed most laps by driving straight through the pit lane, and spent much of the morning without a timed lap to his name as a result. Marcus Ericsson took over for Sauber in the afternoon and finished 0.2s off his teammate's benchmark as the team finished with a combined 100 laps.

Times at close:

1. Felipe Massa - Williams - 1:19.726 - 168 laps
2. Daniel Ricciardo - Red Bull - 1:19.900 - 89 laps
3. Sebastian Vettel - Ferrari - 1:19.906 - 168 laps
4. Lewis Hamilton - Mercedes - 1:20.456 - 49 laps (morning)
5. Valtteri Bottas - Mercedes - 1:20.924 - 86 laps (afternoon)
6. Esteban Ocon - Force India - 1:21.347 - 142 laps
7. Nico Hulkenberg - Renault - 1:21.589 - 58 laps (afternoon)
8. Kevin Magnussen - Haas - 1:21.676 - 81 laps
9. Daniil Kvyat - Toro Rosso - 1:21.743 - 83 laps
10. Stoffel Vandoorne - McLaren - 1:22.537 - 80 laps
11. Pascal Wehrlein - Sauber - 1:23.336 - 47 laps (morning)
12. Marcus Ericsson - Sauber - 1:23.360 - 53 laps (afternoon)
13. Jolyon Palmer - Renault - 1:24.790 - 15 laps (morning)

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