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Kimi Raikkonen leads day two of F1 testing for Ferrari in Barcelona

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Kimi Raikkonen led Ferrari to the top of the timesheets on day two of Formula 1’s pre-season test running in Barcelona, edging out Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton.

Ferrari made an impressive start to testing with the new SF70H car on Monday as Sebastian Vettel completed over 100 laps of running.

Raikkonen enjoyed his first extended run in the car on Tuesday at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, recording the fastest time of the day.

The Finn’s lap of 1:20.960 was two-hundredths of a second faster than that of Hamilton, who once again split running for Mercedes with teammate Valtteri Bottas.

Hamilton’s fastest lap came on the super-soft tire as Mercedes began to focus on race simulations, with Bottas racking up a century in laps during the afternoon session despite a brief scare while exiting Turn 9.

Bottas was one of three drivers to manage over 100 laps, along with Haas’ Kevin Magnussen and day leader Raikkonen.

Max Verstappen finished the day third for Red Bull ahead of Magnussen, while Force India’s Esteban Ocon ended his debut run in the team’s 2017 car fifth overall.

Daniil Kvyat was sixth for Toro Rosso ahead of Bottas and Jolyon Palmer, while Ferrari junior Antonio Giovinazzi ended up ninth during his run-out with Sauber in place of the injured Pascal Wehrlein. An engine issue limited Giovinazzi’s running in the morning, but the Italian managed 66 laps in total.

McLaren endured another tough day as further issues with its Honda power unit left Stoffel Vandoorne on the sidelines for much of the running. Vandoorne completed 40 laps in total, but the issues raised further concern following a tough start to testing for Fernando Alonso on Monday.

Williams rookie Lance Stroll propped up the timesheets in 11th place, having completed just 12 laps after spinning at the exit of Turn 9 and damaging his FW40 car. Williams confirmed just before lunch that it would not be going back out on Tuesday, with parts in need of repair and en route back to its base in England.

Testing continues on Wednesday in Barcelona from 9am local time (3am ET).

Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.