Valtteri Bottas just edged out Max Verstappen to go fastest on the final day of pre-season testing in Barcelona.
Having been put in the driving seat for the afternoon session, Bottas put his Mercedes on top late in the afternoon setting a 1m16.196 – the second fastest time of testing so far.
But the Finn’s impressive pace was closely matched by Verstappen, who ended up just a tenth of a second slower in his Red Bull, all while using a slower tyre compound.
Getting up to speed
Teams upped the pace as testing drew to a close in Barcelona, with most setting personal best times over the six days of testing before all ten teams take to the track in Melbourne, Australia to begin the 2020 season in March.
And this showed on the time sheets with the top six being separated by just two tenths of a second.
But despite the impressive times, the fastest time of testing so far remains untouched, with Bottas’ 1m15 from the first week of testing proving tough to beat and puts Mercedes as the early benchmark before the first official session of the season is even underway.
Racing point continue to impress
Sergio Perez continued Racing Point’s impressive form by going seventh fastest, with the Mexican just four tenths off today’s best time using medium compound tyres.