Fresh from dominating the Spanish Grand Prix weekend, Mercedes were at it again, setting the fastest time in testing in Barcelona on Tuesday.
On the first of two days of in-season testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Valtteri Bottas was back behind the wheel for Mercedes and duly set the pace with a 1m 15.511s.
That lap time was just over 0.1s off the Finn’s stunning pole position lap from Saturday, although it came on the softest of the available compounds from Pirelli – the C5 – which was not part of the race selection.
The use of the C5 in the afternoon session hints at Mercedes looking ahead to the Monaco Grand Prix, where the softest three compounds are provided at the street circuit for the first time this season.
With the sensors making the car much wider, Mercedes hadn’t accounted for the extra clearance it would need and two orange cones they had set up were collected by the rakes, with one falling off as Bottas drove down the pit lane and the other remaining attached for a full lap.