Sebastian Vettel 'wasn't in control' in morning accident

Sebastian Vettel 'wasn't in control' in morning accident

Sebastian Vettel 'wasn't in control' in morning accident

I hit the wall quite strongly and I think the Tecpro and the wall did their job and the vehicle did its job but of course after the impact the auto was very damaged.

Vettel had the second fastest time of the day, followed by Red Bull driver Max Verstappen and Mercedes rival Valtteri Bottas.

McLaren rookie Lando Norris also impressed as the 19-year-old twice set another fastest time, moving clear again of Toro Rosso's Alex Albon at 1:17.084.

Nevertheless, it was an impressive display by Leclerc, who put in 138 laps having clocked a mark of one minute and 16.231 seconds from an impressive late charge on C5 Pirelli tyres before the lunch break.

"But the auto is good, the feeling is good, that's the main thing".

Speaking about his lap time, Leclerc added: "Obviously, I think as every team, we are not flat out".

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"There's still some margin, a bit obviously in myself I still have to learn and get more comfortable with the vehicle". Gasly lost control of his Red Bull early on turn in at Turn 9 - the high-speed right hander - and swapped ends, going backwards over the gravel and into the barrier.

The incident happened on turn 3, when the Ferrari man went straight into the barriers, with his auto wedged into the barriers. "I still have to learn, I get more comfortable with the auto lap after lap and with the vehicle itself, so it's looking good for now".

"Obviously inside the auto I was going into Turn 3 and I had a feeling there was an issue with the front-left corner and then from there it wasn't anything that I could have done to avoid the impact. But what is important is that Max [Verstappen] is back in the vehicle and we focus on the positives". The time either side of lunch is traditionally when Ferrari focuses on its qualifying and race simulations during the second week of testing, the parts of pre-season which give the best indication of each car's raw performance over short long runs.

Despite the interruption, Mercedes and Ferrari completed their race sims, with the Ferrari averaging lap times 0.25s faster than Mercedes over the course of 66 laps.

Testing will continue through Friday at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit, home to the Spanish Grand Prix.

"Seventy-five laps of setup work completed and we keep on learning, " Bottas said.

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