Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas finishes in-season test on top in Barcelona

Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas finishes in-season test on top in Barcelona

Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas finishes in-season test on top in Barcelona

Hamilton pulled away early and was able to comfortably control the pace of the race through to the end, finishing more than 20 seconds ahead of his teammate.

Valtteri Bottas has set the fastest time with Mercedes on the final day of Formula One testing in Barcelona.

Hamilton put in a dominant performance at the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday, winning easily and showing Ferrari that Mercedes remains the team to beat in Formula One.

He said "Before I was like, "Maybe I'm just insane and everyone has got quicker and I've got slower". Everything's going fine", Wolff told reporters during the Barcelona Grand Prix, as quoted by the Daily Mail.

It was the British driver's second day at the wheel of a MCL33 after completing a tyre test for Pirelli in a version of the auto that was not running McLaren's latest upgrade on Tuesday. Norris, who is under contract at McLaren and now leading the F2 championship, completed a Pirelli test in a sister McLaren on Tuesday, but on Wednesday was doing testing work aimed exclusively at developing the MCL33. This shows that Pirelli still needs to make progress in terms of choosing the tyres for the weekends, and I would like to see them have a two-step difference in compounds (so, for example: ultras, soft, mediums).

Ferrari was forced to end Kimi Raikkonen's race early with a suspected engine issue. Asked if he would push for a further opportunity at the next in-season test after the Hungarian Grand Prix, Mazepin said: "Absolutely".

Behind him, neither Sauber's Charles Leclerc nor Williams driver Robert Kubica improved in the afternoon, ending the day separated by 0.260s using hypersofts in seventh and eighth respectively. It was expected to be done before the start of the current campaign, but it has dragged on with the season now five races old. His day at the wheel of the FW41 ended with 123 laps on the board as the team looked to better understand the issues it has faced with its auto since the start of the year. Had he not drawn a blank in Baku, Bottas would be a lot closer to Hamilton than the current 37 points.

"Obviously it looked like from the outside they [Mercedes] had a stronger weekend, without any big issues, but we need to look at ourselves, focus on our vehicle and our problems, so we'll be stronger again". Secondly, we struggled with the tyres.

"The 1-2 we got today was definitely down to the decisions the team made during the race", he suggested.

Nicholas Latifi, driving for Force India, was the fastest of the inexperienced drivers with the fifth-best time behind Haas' Romain Grosjean in fourth.

Vandoorne was ninth in the second McLaren ahead of Jake Dennis, who is making his F1 debut in the Red Bull on Wednesday.

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