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Penultimate test day features four red flags - Vettel goes fastest as McLaren continue to struggle

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Stroll completes 85 laps for Williams
Stroll completes 85 laps for WilliamsCredit: Williams F1/LAT
Vettel goes fastest on the penultimate day
Vettel goes fastest on the penultimate dayCredit: Callo Albanese
A quiet day for Red Bull Racing
A quiet day for Red Bull RacingCredit: Thompson/Getty
Esteban Ocon finishes third overall
Esteban Ocon finishes third overallCredit: Sahara Force India

Red flags were the main feature of day three of the second week of testing, as teams continued to try and get long runs completed but saw their programmes halted on occasion. Sebastian Vettel was the fastest driver on the penultimate pre-season test day, helping Ferrari back to the top of the timesheets.

The red flags came from Stoffel Vandoorne who caused two stoppages in the morning due to what McLaren called an electrical fault. They didn't change the engine today, however. Daniil Kvyat stopped the action in the afternoon when his Toro Rosso came to a halt on track, and Jolyon Palmer finished off his day with a red flag as well, after Renault did indeed change the engine in his car.

Meanwhile, after showing some promising speed earlier in the week, Williams propped up the timesheets today. Felipe Massa and Lance Stroll shared driving duties, with Stroll managing to keep out of trouble today. They were both almost five seconds off the pace, but the team aren't worried about their speed at all.

It was a pretty solid day concentrating on race distances. We achieved this with Lance in good style this morning and despite a couple of red flags this afternoon, we still completed a good distance with Felipe too. We also looked at tyre degradation and stability through a race run. We’re looking forward to tomorrow with Lance back in the car, where we’ll be aiming to do some qualifying simulation work and some more race work in the afternoon.

- Rod Nelson, Chief Test & Support Engineer, Williams

In terms of distance, Sebastian Vettel completed a huge 156 laps all by himself today, whilst Mercedes clocked up 147 between two drivers. Esteban Ocon managed to lap the Barcelona track over 130 times, and finished third on the timesheets, which is good going for the new Force India driver.

2017 testing - Day 7, Barcelona
1S VettelScuderia Ferrari1:19.024156
2L HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport1:19.35252
3E OconSahara Force India F1 Team1:20.161137
4D KvyatScuderia Toro Rosso1:20.41694
5K MagnussenHaas F1 Team1:20.504119
6D RicciardoRed Bull Racing1:20.824128
7S VandoorneMcLaren Honda1:21.34848
8V BottasMercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport1:21.81995
9P WehrleinSauber F1 Team1:22.34744
10J PalmerRenault Sport F1 Team1:22.41853
11M EricssonSauber F1 Team1:23.33088
12F MassaWilliams Martini Racing1:24.44380
13L StrollWilliams Martini Racing1:24.86385

Jolyon Palmer looked to be pretty disappointed with his day's work, completing just 29 laps today, after only a handful during his last outing as well. Renault have had a slow start to their season, but no one seems to be panicking yet. Both Renault and Sauber split their driving duties today with two each.

Final day of testing done for me before Melbourne. A lot of work ahead but we keep pushing in the right direction!

svandoorne svandoorne

Full race sim + some more setup work meant 88 L completed for me today. Tomorrow's focus: shorter runs and softer compounds

Ericsson_Marcus Ericsson_Marcus

Vettel time was a piece of sandbagging: he lifted off on the exit of the final corner, cat and mouse game continues #F1Testing

Jamesallenonf1 Jamesallenonf1

One more day to go! Interesting sunny day to check on the others! Tomorrow back to work

carlossainz carlossainz

One final day of testing remains then, the last opportunity for teams to send their drivers out into the Barcelona sunshine and get back as much data as possible before the season gets underway properly in two weeks' time. We should see more double driver duties on this last day, but we know for a fact that Sebastian Vettel has finished, and Esteban Ocon is also not expected back. Grosjean will be back in the Haas, whilst Kimi Räikkönen will look to keep Ferrari on top for the final day.

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