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Ricciardo edges Leclerc on final test morning

by Matt Beer
1 min read

Daniel Ricciardo was fastest for Renault on the final morning of Formula 1 pre-season testing at Barcelona on Friday with a lap-time of 1m16.276s.

Ricciardo set a total of 65 laps for Renault on Friday morning, taking to the top of the timesheets in what appeared to be a qualifying simulation run in the final hour of the session.

Ricciardo deposed Charles Leclerc from the head of the order, with Leclerc having set an even faster time than team-mate Sebastian Vettel’s Thursday effort amid ongoing confusion over the Ferrari’s true pace.

Lewis Hamilton was third. He had been the first driver to set a timed lap straight out of the gates as the session started and achieved the most running of anyone, with a total lap count of 90 for Mercedes.

Racing Point’s Sergio Perez was fourth and had also briefly occupied the top of the order after just edging the McLaren of Carlos Sainz.

George Russell was sixth for Williams, ahead of Daniil Kvyat and Romain Grosjean for AlphaTauri and Haas respectively.

Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen was ninth in the order and had the first spin of the day at the final chicane on cold tyres in the early part of the morning.

Alex Albon also spun his Red Bull car while on an out lap in the final two hours at Turn 12, resting briefly in the gravel before managing to extricate himself and return to the pitlane.

Screens then appeared in front of the Red Bull garage – indicating that the floor was off the car under the new rules for this year – with 45 minutes to go, bringing an end to Albon’s pre-season running.

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