Valtteri Bottas leads on day two of second Barcelona F1 test

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BARCELONA – Valtteri Bottas took his turn at the top of the timesheets on Wednesday as Formula 1 pre-season test continued in Barcelona.

Bottas finished quickest for Williams with a fastest lap of 1:23.261, set on the super-soft tire with less than two hours remaining in the day as the majority of the teams focused on race simulations.

It proved to be a relatively incident-free day of running at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, with just one red flag interrupting track time as all but three teams completed over 100 laps.

Bottas was followed in the final classification by defending champion Lewis Hamilton, who took the morning running for Mercedes as it once again split the day between its drivers.

Hamilton mirrored the programme of teammate Nico Rosberg from Monday morning, focusing on quick laps as opposed to race runs, and finished just three-tenths of a second shy of Bottas at the top despite posting his time on the soft compound.

Renault had a rare day without issues as Kevin Magnussen racked up 126 laps in the R.S.16 car en route to third position, six-tenths down on Bottas at the top.

Sebastian Vettel followed in P4 for Ferrari as the Italian marque bounced back from a problematic Tuesday. However, the race simulation pace was notably slower than that of Mercedes, suggesting that the pecking order at the very head of the field will remain unchanged this year.

McLaren’s upturn in fortunes continued as Jenson Button finished the day fifth with 121 laps on the board. A small issue at the end of the morning session cost the team some time, but the new Honda power unit and Mobil 1 fuel update appear to both be working well.

Daniel Ricciardo ended the day sixth for Red Bull, again racking up over 100 laps after conducting a race simulation in the afternoon. Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz Jr. led the way in terms of laps though, completing more than 160 laps – Mercedes-esque mileage – as the STR11 car impressed once again, taking the Spaniard to seventh overall.

Sergio Perez finished eighth for Force India after some late improvements, while Rosberg came ninth for Mercedes. Together, he and Hamilton completed over 160 laps, marking another ominous showing from the defending champion team.

Pascal Wehrlein ended the day 10th for Manor, while Marcus Ericsson was 11th for Sauber and responsible for the only red flag of the day after beaching his car at Turn 4 with one hour remaining.

It proved to be another difficult day for Haas as Esteban Gutierrez completed just a single lap in the VF-16 car. The team confirmed to MotorSportsTalk that there had been an ‘anomaly’ with the engine, suspected to have been caused by over-revving on the outlap.

Testing continues in Barcelona on Thursday with the penultimate day of running.

Saturday’s Supercross Round 11 in Seattle: How to watch, start times, schedules, streams


With three multiple winners now vying for the championship, the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series heads to Round 11 at Lumen Field in Seattle, Washington.

Chase Sexton earned his second victory of the season in Detroit when Aaron Plessinger fell on the final lap. Though he was penalized seven points for disobeying a flag, Sexton is third in the championship race. The Honda rider trails leader Cooper Webb (two victories) by 17 points, and defending series champion Eli Tomac (five wins) is three points behind Webb in second with seven races remaining.

Tomac won last year in Seattle on the way to his second season title.

Honda riders have a Supercross-leading 20 victories in the Seattle event but none at Lumen Field since Justin Barcia in 2013. Tomac and Barcia are the only past 450 Seattke winners entered in Saturday’s event.

Here are the pertinent details for watching Round 11 of the 2023 Supercross season in Seattle:

(All times are ET)

BROADCAST/STREAMING SCHEDULE: TV coverage of Round 11 will begin Saturday at 10 p.m. ET streaming on Peacock with a re-air Monday at 1 a.m. ET on CNBC. The Race Day Live show (including qualifying) will begin on Peacock at 4:30 p.m. ET Saturday.

NBC Sports will have exclusive live coverage of races, qualifiers and heats for the record 31 events in SuperMotocross. The main events will be presented on Peacock, NBC, USA Network, CNBC, and NBC Sports digital platforms.

Peacock will become the home of the SuperMotocross World Championship series in 2023 with live coverage of all races, qualifying, and heats from January to October. There will be 23 races livestreamed exclusively on Peacock, including a SuperMotocross World Championship Playoff event. The platform also will provide on-demand replays of every race. Click here for the full schedule.

POINTS STANDINGS: 450 division l 250 division

ENTRY LISTS450 division l 250 division

EVENT SCHEDULE (all times ET): 

Here are the start times for Saturday’s Supercross Round 11 in Seattle, according to the Monster Energy Supercross schedule from the AMA:

4:50 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 1
5:05 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 1
5:20 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 1
5:35 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 1
6:25 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 2
6:40 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 2
7:55 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 2
8:10 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 2
10:06 p.m.: 250SX Heat 1
10:20 p.m.: 250SX Heat 2
10:34 p.m.: 450SX Heat 1
10:48 p.m.: 450SX Heat 2
11:22 p.m.: 250SX Last Chance Qualifier
11:34 p.m.: 450SX Last Chance Qualifier
11:54 p.m.: 250SX Main Event
12:28 a.m.: 450SX Main Event

TRACK LAYOUTClick here to view the track map


FINAL 2022 STANDINGS: 450 points standings | 250 East points standings250 West points standings


ROUND 1: Eli Tomac opens title defense with victory

ROUND 2: Tomac ties Ricky Carmichael on Supercross wins list

ROUND 3: Tomac holds off Cooper Webb again

ROUND 4: Chase Sexton wins Anaheim Triple Crown

ROUND 5: Eli Tomac leads wire to wire in Houston

ROUND 6: Cooper Webb breaks through in Tampa

ROUND 7: Webb wins again in Arlington

ROUND 8: Tomac wins Daytona for the seventh time

ROUND 9: Ken Roczen scores first victory since 2022

ROUND 10: Chase Sexton inherits Detroit victory but docked points


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