Leclerc & Ferrari Fastest During Barcelona Testing

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Charles Leclerc was fastest during Formula One testing on Tuesday in Spain. (Ferrari Photo)

BARCELONA, Spain – Charles Leclerc kept Ferrari at the top of the timesheets during pre-season Formula One testing on Tuesday at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Leclerc was nearly three-tenths faster than his closest pursuer, with Leclerc’s best lap of 1:18.247 enough to give him the fastest lap of the day over McLaren’s Lando Norris in second.

After setting his fastest lap of the day in the morning session, Leclerc shifted his focus to long runs in the afternoon. He ended the day by completing a whopping 157 laps, more than any other driver who turned laps Tuesday.

Kevin Magnussen ended the day third fastest overall for the Haas F1 Team, followed by Toro Rosso’s Alexander Albon in fourth. The Alfa Romero of Antonio Giovinazzi was fifth fastest.

The only major incident of the day came in the afternoon session when Pierre Gasly spun his Red Bull RB15 into the barriers in turn 13, which detached the rear wing from his car. Despite the incident, Gasly was still seventh fastest on the day.

Others to turn laps Tuesday included Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton, the Renault pairing of Nico Hulkenberg and Daniel Ricciardo, SportPesa Racing Point F1’s Lance Stroll and Haas F1 reserve driver Pietro Fittipaldi.