F1 2020 Pre-Season Testing: Day 3 Statistics

There were plenty of red flags as the lap times tumbled at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Here are all the statistics from the third day of pre-season testing!

After a relatively trouble-free first two days of pre-season testing, there were four red flag periods on the final day of the week. First, Sebastian Vettel stopped with an engine problem around 90 minutes into the morning session. The SF1000 was not back out on track until the afternoon. Nicholas Latifi was next to stop, bringing out the red flags one hour before the lunch break. He came to a halt on the main straight and did not re-appear on track until the final hour of the day. In the afternoon session, Kevin Magnussen completed only four laps before a puncture brought Haas’ day to a very premature end. Daniel Ricciardo completed more than a race distance in the afternoon before stopping near Turn 9. He was stuck in the garage for much of the rest of the afternoon, but did make it back out on track in the Renault for the final hour.

Mercedes dominated the top of the timesheets, with Valtteri Bottas setting the fastest lap of the test so far – a 1:15.732 on the C5 tyres. It was faster than any time seen in pre-season testing last year and was only 0.326 seconds slower than last year’s pole time for the Spanish Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton was second in the standings, but a mistake in the final sector on his hot lap with the C5 tyres meant that he lapped almost eight tenths slower than Bottas.

Best Lap Times

  Driver Team Time Tyre
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:15.732 C5
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:16.516 C5
3 Esteban Ocon Renault 1:17.102 C4
4 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1:17.338 C4
5 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri 1:17.427 C4
6 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1:17.469 C4
7 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:17.574 C3
8 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:17.636 C2
9 Alex Albon Red Bull 1:18.154 C2
10 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1:18.213 C2
11 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1:18.274 C2
12 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:18.380 C3
13 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:18.384 C3
14 Lando Norris McLaren 1:18.454 C3
15 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1:19.004 C3
16 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:19.709 C2




  1. Antonio Giovinazzi 152
  2. Lance Stroll 116
  3. Sebastian Vettel 100
  4. Daniel Ricciardo 93
  5. Max Verstappen 86
  6. Alex Albon 83
  7. Carlos Sainz 76
  8. Esteban Ocon 76
  9. Lewis Hamilton 73
  10. Nicholas Latifi 72
  11. Valtteri Bottas 65
  12. Daniil Kvyat 62
  13. Pierre Gasly 59
  14. Lando Norris 49
  15. Romain Grosjean 48
  16. Kevin Magnussen 4



  1. Red Bull 169
  2. Renault 169
  3. Alfa Romeo 152
  4. Mercedes 138
  5. McLaren 125
  6. AlphaTauri 121
  7. Racing Point 116
  8. Ferrari 100
  9. Williams 72
  10. Haas 52


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