Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Mercedes set pace again in F1 testing as Lewis Hamilton praises new cars

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Via Network Front | The Guardian by Giles Richards in Barcelona
• Familiar story unfolds as Mercedes look dominant once more in Barcelona
• Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen sets fastest time as McLaren struggle

New rules and a reset for the sport was the plan for Formula One in 2017 but by the end of day two of testing in Barcelona, the time sheets were telling what will, for many, be a worryingly familiar story.

Mercedes, unstoppable for the past three years and largely in a different league to their competitors were quickest once again in the morning session, with Lewis Hamilton setting the fastest time. Although it was ultimately beaten by the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen in the warmer temperatures of the afternoon, the Finn did so while Hamilton's Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas proceeded to complete a full, trouble-free, race-length simulation, a remarkable achievement on only the second day of testing in newly developed machinery.

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