The second day of the first Pre-season testing of the 2022 Formula 1 season is underway at Barcelona. All teams and personnel will be keeping a close eye on the laps of their drivers and rivals alike. And the second day did bring out some drama!
Mclaren’s Daniel Ricciardo set the fastest pace of the day. The Aussie powered his car through in 1:20:355 Minutes on his Pirelli C3 tyres. This comes after teammate Lando Norris topped the charts on the opening day of the pre-season test with the same compounds.
Before Ricciardo’s blazing lap, Red Bull’s Sergio Perez bought out the first Red Flag of the testing and the season after the Mexican battled gearbox issues with his car stranded in the middle of the circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Perez only being to complete 38 laps which is way less than 147 Max Verstappen completed across two sessions on Wednesday.
Sergio Perez halts the pre-season test
The session featured the first red flag interruption of testing, with Sergio Perez stopping in the final sector during the final hour of the afternoon session. The Mexican stopped on track and it’s suspected that he faced a gearbox issue which was later confirmed by Red Bull.
The incident happened during the last 40 minutes of the day at Turn 13. Sergio Perez’s halted his car and the RB18 was escorted back to the Red Bull garage on the back of a truck. The session was halted for 20 minutes and racing resumed with 20 minutes left for the day.
Perez will be hopeful of a better run if given a chance to participate in the test by his team. The Mexican will be partnering up with 2021 teammate and the F1 grid’s newest World Champion Max Verstappen for the 2022 season.