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