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F1 testing day seven – Leclerc in action

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F1 testing day seven – Leclerc in action

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Summary

  1. Day seven of eight Formula 1 testing days (final day is Friday)
  2. McLaren have been the fastest on Tuesday (Lando Norris) and Wednesday (Carlos Sainz)
  3. Get involved: #bbcf1

Live Reporting

By Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

  1. Take a break, Carlos

    A well-earned day off today for Carlos Sainz after topping the times on Wednesday and also doing the joint-highest amount of laps. After the session, he tweeted…

  2. ‘A lot of work to do’

    It’s going to be an exhausting day for Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc. He basically missed his afternoon session yesterday through no fault of his own.

  3. Wednesday’s highlights

    Want to see some highlights from yesterday? Of course you do.

    Here, from the official Formula 1 Twitter account, is the best of what happened on Wednesday.

  4. Names to look out for

    Who’s driving today then, I hear you ask.

    Sebastian Vettel appears to have the day off after his smash yesterday, with Charles Leclerc in the Ferrari all day. He only managed an installation lap right at the end of yesterday afternoon so will be looking for some solid running.

    Elsewhere, Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Pierre Gasly (Red Bull), Nico Hulkenberg (Renault), Kevin Magnussen (Haas), Lando Norris (McLaren), Lance Stroll (Racing Point), Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo), Alex Albon (Toro Rosso) and George Russell (Williams) are also all in action this morning.

  5. Wednesday’s times

    These were the times from Wednesday, with Carlos Sainz setting the best lap, although he also had a problem straight after.

    But McLaren fixed it and Sainz and Williams’ Robert Kubica both managed 130 laps during a draining day. Those two were among seven drivers to be in their cars for more than 100 laps.

  6. Wednesday’s recap

    Andrew Benson

    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer

    Sebastian Vettel crashed his Ferrari on the second day of the final pre-season test in Barcelona, severely curtailing the team’s running.

    Vettel lost control after what the team described as “a mechanical problem” at the 150mph Turn Three and hit the barriers, causing extensive damage.

    “From the feeling in the car it was an issue with the front-left corner,” the German said.

    McLaren’s Carlos Sainz set the fastest time, from Racing Point’s Sergio Perez. Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton were eighth and ninth fastest respectively.

    Vettel, who was third fastest, said the team were having difficulty establishing what had caused the incident.

    “It would be a lot easier if there was a lot of run-off and the car didn’t hit anything right after because now it is fairly damaged because of the hit. So we have to be careful working out what happened,” he said.

    Sebastian Vettel

    Copyright: Reuters

  7. Thanks for joining us

    We go again.

    Hi there and welcome along to BBC Sport’s live text commentary for the seventh day of Formula 1 testing.

    I’m Michael Emons and will be talking you through the action. If it matches yesterday morning then it will be quite dramatic. Let’s go.

  8. Mixed fortunes

    Wednesday was a day to forget for Ferrari as Sebastian Vettel crashed in the morning session, meaning they did not manage to set a lap time in the afternoon.

    Sebastian Vettel

    Copyright: Getty Images

    McLaren have had their problems over the past two days, but the stats don’t lie – a McLaren has been the fastest on both days of testing this week. Three in a row today?

    Carlos Sainz

    Copyright: Getty Images

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