#F1Testing Valtteri Bottas on his way to the fastest lap of the day so far. Toro Rosso-Honda with a message to McLaren-Renault after the MCL33’s engine failure…

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Vettel, still following the Mercedes on track, isn’t far behind however. A 1:20.8, just two tenths down on Mercedes. Would we – and they – settle for that at the start of the season?

New fastest lap from Mercedes
Bottas puts in another 1:20.8. He set a new personal best in the middle sector but couldn’t maintain it in the final third…

And then goes even quicker, a 1:20.596

Interesting. Last time around, the FerrariRed Bull and Mercedeswere all on the start-finish straight together. The Ferrari and Mercedes are on softs, the Red Bull on ultrasofts.

Verstappen: 1:21.325. Bottas: 1:22.231. Vettel: 1:20.887

Just for reference, the temperature here is still only 12 degrees. Hardly ideal working conditions so far.