The Brits’ recent improvements to the C4 soft-tire mean he jumped ahead of Wednesday morning Charles Leclercto lead the day with a best time of 1 minute 19.568 seconds, which was 0.597 seconds faster than Leclerc who managed to achieve during the first four hours of running.
As it was during the morning, the session went on uninterrupted the whole time, and it was a constant surprise to anyone expecting that the changes to the sentence rules meant teams would struggle to get high mileage quickly.
But there was again a mileage disparity across the network, such as Haas and Alfa Romeo – Both switched drivers for the second session – finished the day with well below totals in the mileage stakes, which was headed by the Ferrari 153.
In total, eight teams completed over 100 laps, with Red Bull second best with a score of 147 in the hands of Max Verstappen all day.
For most of the afternoon, there was little change to the schedules before Norris’ late improvements, with the exception of the drivers who jumped aboard for the second session on their way up the leaderboard.
This included Carlos Sainz, who took charge from Leclerc on the F1-75 wheel and finished the day with the third fastest time – 0.251 seconds slower than his best teammate, also using C3 rubber.
Lewis Hamilton Another driver was savoring his first taste of official pre-season excitement in the afternoon, as the seven-times world champion carved his way to a top 1m 20.929s – set on C3 rubber – to finish the day with the fifth fastest time, one place behind a new teammate. George Russell.
Hamilton piece of the afternoon in mercedes While the team was working on the front suspension, it was noted that the Briton’s ride was jumping around in a big way as he ran on the main road for the last hour.
Sebastian Vettel’s 1m21.276s from the morning session remained the sixth best time, while Yuki Tsunoda’s 1m21.638s placed him seventh for the day.
Verstappen spent every afternoon session completing the long-term effort, meaning his time from the morning session was his best all the way to the finish, finishing 9th in the combined standings for the day.
Alfa Romeo revealed in the morning that it had to work on a series of minor bugs.
But Schumacher was someone else who scored a few laps as his run was severely disrupted by damage to his floor.
Lance’s Outing The lowest-ranked runner was only in the afternoon with 1m23.327s on the C2s putting him in 13th, ahead of the best efforts from the morning in a row from Nicholas LatifiMazepine and Kubica.
|POS||Driver||a team||time||gap||rolls / frames|
|1||Lando Norris||McLaren||1: 19.568.2007||103 / C4|
|2||Charles Leclerc||Ferrari||1: 20.165||+ 0.597 seconds||80 / c 3|
|3||Carlos Sainz||Ferrari||1: 20.416||+ 0.848 seconds||73 / c 3|
|4||George Russell||mercedes||1: 20.784||+ 1.216 seconds||77 / c 3|
|5||Lewis Hamilton||mercedes||1: 20.929||+ 1.361 seconds||50 / c 3|
|6||Sebastian Vettel||Aston Martin||1: 21.276||+ 1.708 seconds||52 / c 3|
|7||Yuki Tsunoda||AlphaTauri||1: 21.638||+ 2.070 seconds||121 / c 3|
|8||Fernando Alonso||Alps||1: 21.746||+ 2.178 seconds||127 / C2|
|9||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||1: 22.246||+ 2.678 seconds||147 / c 2|
|10||Valtteri Bottas||Alfa Romeo||1: 22.572||+ 3.004 sec||23 / c 3|
|11||Alex Albon||Williams||1: 22.760||+ 3.192 seconds||66 / c 3|
|12||Mick Schumacher||Hass||1: 22.926||+ 3.358 seconds||23 / c 3|
|13||Lance’s Outing||Aston Martin||1: 23.327||+ 3.759 seconds||67 / c 2|
|14||Nicholas Latifi||Williams||1: 23.379||+ 3.811 seconds||66 / c 3|
|15th||Nikita Mazepin||Hass||1: 24.505||+ 4.937 seconds||20 / C2|
|16||Robert Kubica||Alfa Romeo||1: 25.909||+ 6.341 seconds||9 / C3|
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