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F1: Ferrari (NYSE:RACE) Set the Pace in Day 2 of In-Season Testing

F1: Ferrari (NYSE:RACE) Set the Pace in Day 2 of In-Season Testing

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Ferrari (NYSE:RACE) continued to set the pace in F1’s Hungary test as Kimi Raikkonen topped the times through Wednesday’s running.

Mr. Raikkonen, taking over the SF71H from Antonio Giovinazzi, 1st went quickest 30 mins into the session on medium tires before improvements on softs took him down to a 1m16.502s.

Just before the mid-point of the morning session he emerged on softs again to post a 1m16.171s – just 0.001 secs slower than team-mate Sebastian Vettel’s official lap record, set on Saturday in FP3 using ultrasoft tyres.

That stood as the benchmark heading into the lunchbreak, with McLaren’s Lando Norris next up on a 1m18.768s.

Norris was the first driver to set a lap time as he continued his testing commitments into a second day, with his eventual best coming with his car plastered with flo-vis paint.

That lap was 1/2 sec faster than he managed Tuesday and 3/10’s slower than the fastest McLaren time over the Grand Prix weekend.

Mr. Norris’s F2 title rival George Russell finished the morning 4th for MercedesAMG and enjoyed a more productive start to his 2nd day behind the wheel.

Mr. Russell was delayed by a gearbox problem on his W08 Tuesday, but was 3rd-fastest until the final 20 mins of Wednesday’s morning session before Sean Gelael improved late on using hypersofts.

The Toro Rosso driver, who crashed Tuesday while conducting Pirelli tyre test duties, set a 1m19.046s.

Robert Kubica shot up the order when he finally posted a representative time having conducted a lot of development work for Williams.

Mr. Giovinazzi swapped headline-grabbing lap times in the Ferrari for a midfield position with Sauber on day 2 of the testing.

He is now back with the Swiss team he drove for in FP1 ahead of the Grand Prix, posted the 6th-fastest time, a 1m19.413s on softs.

That put him ahead of Nikita Mazepin, Force India’s development driver, who missed more than half the session after stopping on the track.

Mr. Mazepin had just gone 3rd-fastest at the time, on a 1m20.016s, when his car came to a halt approaching Turn 11. He did not return to the track again before the lunch break.

The GP3 race winner Artem Markelov was next up on the timing screens after a soft-tyre run in the final hour yielded a 1m20.054s.

Red Bull’s Jake Dennis and Toro Rosso’s Pirelli tire tester Brendon Hartley completed the standings with unrepresentative times 4 secs off the pace.

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