Barcelona Pre-Season Testing: Daniel Ricciardo Tops the charts on Day 2 of three-day event

Mclaren's Daniel Ricciardo clocks in the fastest time at Day Two of pre-testing in Barcelona.

Daniel Ricciardo at pre-testing in Barcelona today
Daniel Ricciardo at pre-testing in Barcelona today

The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya which is witnessing the first pre-testing session ahead of the first Grand Prix of this season at Bahrain has officially concluded Day Two of pre-testing with Mclaren’s Daniel Ricciardo setting the fastest time in the morning session today.

After Day One which of pre-testing which saw Mclaren driver Lando Norris topping the leaderboard with an impressive timing of 1m19.568s, Day Two saw Lando’s teammate Australian Daniel Ricciardo making it clear to everyone today that he wants to go back to winning ways as soon as possible by making a statement by clocking in the fastest lap today. The 32-year-old racing driver clocked in a time of 1:20.355 and completed an impressive 64 laps on C3 tires. This comes after the Ferrari duo setting some awe-worthy times too. His British teammate Lando Norris however expressed his concerns regarding the “sluggish” feel of the cars in 2022 following newly implemented regulations which have made the cars around a whopping 47 kgs heavier than it was in 2021.

However, it is to note that the first red flag came out following Red Bull Racing driver Sergio Perez stopping on the tracks. The red flag came right around 35 minutes before the commencement of the lunch break today. Perez seemed to stop his car amid his 39th lap today. Red Bull later confirmed that the car had to be stopped due to a gearbox issue.

Red Bull Racing after retiring their car today
Red Bull Racing after retiring their car today

Mercedes on the other hand seemed to have certain issues with porpoising today which essentially means that the car seemed to be bouncing up and down around the straights following a certain speed.

Day Two Leaderboard at Barcelona

Position Driver Team Time Gap No. of laps covered
1 Daniel Ricciardo Mclaren 1:20.355   64
2 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1:20.546 +0.191s 71
3 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1:20.764

+0.409s 60
4 Alex Albon Williams 1:21.531 +1.176s 47
5 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1:21.920 +1.565s 55

Pre-season testing comes to an end after Friday when Day Three of testing is concluded in Bahrain. The teams will again assemble in Bahrain next month for the first Grand Prix of the season.

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