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Bottas puts Mercedes on top in final test

Valterri Bottas took his Mercedes to the top of the time charts once again on Friday on the final day of pre-season Formula One testing in Barcelona.

The Finn, runner-up to teammate Lewis Hamilton in the world championship in 2019, clocked a best run of 1min 16.196sec off a total of 79 laps.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo filled out the top three with Hamilton, who will be chasing a record-equalling seventh world title this season, in fifth.

The new season gets underway in Melbourne on March 15.

Friday times:

Valtteri Bottas (FIN/Mercedes) 1:16.196 (79 laps).
Max Verstappen (NED/Red Bull) 1:16.269 (45).
Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/Renault) 1:16.276 (65).
Charles Leclerc (MON/Ferrari) 1:16.360 (181).
Lewis Hamilton (GBR/Mercedes) 1:16.410 (90).
Esteban Ocon (FRA/Renault) 1:16.433 (75).
Sergio Perez (MEX/Racing Point) 1:16.634 (154).
Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP/McLaren) 1:16.820 (163).
George Russell (GBR/Williams) 1:16.871 (146).
Daniil Kvyat (RUS/AlphaTauri) 1:16.914 (160).
Romain Grosjean (FRA/Haas) 1:17.037 (86).
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN/Alfa Romeo) 1:17.415 (115).
Kevin Magnussen (DEN/Haas) 1:17.495 (29).
Alexander Albon (THA/Red Bull) 1:17.803 (59).

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