Two of the future stars of Formula 1 and potential World Champions to be, Max Verstappen and Stoffel Vandoorne, topped the timesheets in the second of two days of testing.
Verstappen in his first official test day as a Red Bull Racing driver – that rare moment when you’ve won a Grand Prix for a team but hadn’t yet tested for them since the change – posted a best time of 1:23.267 over 118 laps of the same Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya he won at on Sunday.
His teammate Daniel Ricciardo handled testing duties in the Red Bull RB12 on Tuesday.
Vandoorne took over from Jenson Button in the McLaren MP4-31 Honda and was one of two other drivers within a second.
Both drivers set their fastest times of the day in the morning before the lunch hour.
Third up was Pascal Wehrlein, who was a late call-up to Mercedes AMG Petronas, replacing the previously scheduled Esteban Ocon.
Ocon tested for Renault on Tuesday and was due to run for Mercedes today; however, Mercedes enlisted the help of the Manor full-season driver and Mercedes reserve driver to work through their setups, new components and test program.
Pretty much all 10 of the teams were busy during the day. All bar Manor test driver Jordan King and Williams Martini Racing’s Felipe Massa completed more than 100 laps; King had an off course excursion in his chassis.
Times are below: