Look at a very interesting timesheet below; Williams returns, Mercedes is only 11th and 12th on the penultimate day of Test One

Last updated on: 20/02/19 17:54

Daniil Kvyat was the pacesetter on an unpredictable third day of Formula One testing when Toro Rosso scored a surprise in the top three in the top three.

Kvyat drove the fastest lap of the test, a 1'17.704 in late Barcelona sunshine to overthrow Alfa Romeo's Kimi Raikkonen while Daniel Ricciardo finished third for Renault.

Sebastian Vettel was fastest for most of the morning for Ferrari, but was reduced to fourth at the end of the day and finished the race by more than half a second.

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Kvyat, who returned to F1 this year with the Honda Toro Rosso, drove his lap with the fastest available tire, two steps less than Vettel's – and it's unclear what fuel loads each team will use.

"That was not the priority [being fastest]"The priority was to get back on my feet after the first day, which was not ideal," Kvyat said. "But we recovered enough and more, that's great, a productive day."

Williams finally entered the F1 2019 season on Wednesday after missing the opening two days while Mercedes continued to hold their cards close to the chest.

Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton were next to Williams' George Russell the slowest riders on the track. They finished eleventh and twelve, three seconds behind Kvyat's main time.

However, the World Champions completed the most laps with a total of 182 laps and said they focused on maximizing laps and editing our program.

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Williams & # 39; Deputy Team Principal Claire Williams talks Rachel Brookes exclusively and openly about why her FW42 car missed the first two days of testing.

Williams & # 39; Deputy Team Principal Claire Williams talks Rachel Brookes exclusively and openly about why her FW42 car missed the first two days of testing.

Glory is in full swing, Williams returns
Kvyat set his benchmark in the final 15 minutes of the day, when many of the fastest test rounds were set.

Many of the teams seem to send their drivers to "glory rides" at this time, presumably with less fuel.

For example, Kvyat had completed well over a century of laps before riding a second faster than his previous personal best.

Räikkönen was in the lead for most of the day for Alfa Romeo, the former Sauber team, who was a seasoned backer before improving last season. The Swiss outfit was one of the most important stories in the test with its innovative and fast C38.

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Ferrari was the fastest in Barcelona in the past two days, but ended his program with a half-hour remaining on Wednesday. Vettel was two tenths slower from his first day than his personal best, and Charles Leclerc will return to SF90 on the last day of the first day of testing on Thursday.

Max Verstappen was fifth when Red Bull finally revealed his speed with the Honda engine, while Nico Hülkenberg also dipped for Renault in the 1:18 time.

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Mercedes Lewis Hamilton said he hoped that changes to the cars for the 2019 season will see an improvement in overtaking on the track.

Mercedes Lewis Hamilton said he hoped that changes to the cars for the 2019 season will see an improvement in overtaking on the track.

Haas was plagued by more reliability issues, leading to multiple red flags after Pietro Fittipaldi and Romain Grosjean had stopped on the track.

And McLaren could not improve the pace of the previous two days when Carlos Sainz finished ninth in front of Sergio Perez and the two Mercedes drivers.

But Hamilton seemed content with his W10 when he hit the media earlier in the day

Williams was at rock bottom with Russell, but the Grove team will be relieved after the catastrophic start to the season.

Russell completed 23 laps, which was essentially a shakedown for the team, which only put its FW42 on the track in the early hours of the morning.

Team Principal Claire Williams, who has spoken openly with Sky F1 about her "terrible" delay, says the aerodynamic tests will start on Thursday as the team begins to learn where they stand in this intriguing pecking order.

F1 test: Day three, test one, timesheet

driver team total rounds Fastest lap tires Fastest lap
Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 137 Connection 5 1: 17,704
Kimi Raikkonen clean 138 Connection 5 1: 17,762
Daniel Ricciardo Renault 80 Connection 4 1: 18,164
Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 134 Connection 3 1: 18,350
Max Verstappen Red Bull 109 Connection 3 1: 18,787
Nico Hulkenberg Renault 63 Connection 4 1: 18,800
Romain Grosjean Haas 69 Connection 3 1: 19,060
Pietro Fittipaldi Haas 48 Connection 4 1: 19,249
Carlos Sainz McLaren 90 Connection 3 1: 19,354
Sergio Perez racing point 67 Connection 3 1: 20,102
Valtteri Botta Mercedes 88 Connection 3 1: 20.693
Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 94 Connection 3 1: 20,818
George Russell Williams 23 Connection 3 1: 25.625

Day three in Barcelona in quotes
Claire Williams, Williams
"To say it was a terrible day would be an understatement, it was a very difficult birth for Williams for the FW42, we had to make sure we had the best car we could get, and that's why we have it up postponed again today [Wednesday], "

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
"Ferrari looks strong every year, especially in recent years, they looked very strong at the beginning, so it's expected."

Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso
"That was not the priority [being fastest]The priority was to return from the first day, which was not ideal. But we recovered enough and more, that's great. A productive day. "

Franz Tost, Toro Rosso
"The car looks good and I'm confident that we'll have a good season. [Honda] Worked very hard, the unit is reliable and performs well. "

Third day in Barcelona in pictures

Kimi Raikkonen was in the lead most of the day before Kvyat appeared too late

Kimi Raikkonen was in the lead most of the day before Kvyat appeared too late

The moment when Williams finally got a car out of the garage at F1 Testing

The moment when Williams finally got a car out of the garage at F1 Testing

Max Verstappen and Christian Horner had a more fruitful day for Red Bull

Max Verstappen and Christian Horner had a more fruitful day for Red Bull

    Lewis Hamilton was in second place on the hourly numbers. How often do we say this in F1 2019 ...

Lewis Hamilton was in second place on the hourly numbers. How often do we say this in F1 2019 …

    Daniil Kvyat drives off into the sunset ...

Daniil Kvyat drives off into the sunset …

    A familiar feeling for Romain Grosjean: jumping out of his sick Haas.

A familiar feeling for Romain Grosjean: jumping out of his sick Haas.

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