English Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) was the fastest driver on the fourth and last day of this first week of official training for the F1 at Circuit of Barcelona-Catalonia, achieving with a 1: 19.333 the best time in fact of the four days demonstrating that the Silver Arrow is still the car to beat. These four days leave, yes, a great improvement in McLaren, doubts in Red Bull, Williams or Haas and hopes in Renault.
Hamilton set the fastest time on medium tires, adding even more value to his time as the rivals set their best laps on softer tires. It was the case of Stoffel vandoorne (McLaren), who achieved the second fastest time with a 1: 19.854 but with hyper-soft tires. The Belgian did 110 laps that are a symptom of that improvement of the McLaren and its new Renault engine, and in just two hours the Spanish Fernando Alonso, who took over from him, made another 51 laps at Montmeló to set the fifth fastest time.
Alonso, with soft tires, was fast and did long runs to, together with Vandoorne's performance, allow McLaren to leave happy with this first week, rough in terms of weather. And it is that they have been in the lead and, except for an incident like Alonso's loose wheel, they have been regular.
This Thursday the day started with water, although the rain was disappearing and the pilots were able to finish running dry. Much better conditions than on Wednesday, when only Alonso completed eleven laps. This time the tests did take place, and with them some runway exits and red flags, although without major accidents.
Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari), Kevin Magnussen (Haas) or Carlos Sainz (Renault) were also in the lead. The German returned to tighten his Ferrari with 120 laps, but staying almost a second behind Hamilton. On the other hand, the pilot who rolled the most was Pierre Gasly, taking his Toro Rosso to 147 laps.
1. Lewis Hamilton (GBR / Mercedes), 1: 19.333
2. Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL / McLaren), 1: 19.854
3. Sebastian Vettel (ALE / Ferrari), 1: 20.241
4. Kevin Magnussen (DIN / Haas), 1: 20.317
5. Fernando Alonso (ESP / McLaren), 1: 20.929
6. Carlos Sainz (ESP / Renault), 1: 20.940
7. Lance Stroll (CAN / Williams), 1: 21.142
8. Sergio Pérez (MEX / Force India), 1: 21.973
9. Max Verstappen (HOL / Red Bull), 1: 22.058
10. Pierre Gasly (FRA / Toro Rosso), 1: 22.134