Ferrari's Leclerc sets fastest time of F1 preseason tests

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To be fair, I think they are really fast, they show some good pace, try to focus on ourselves and not focus too much on the others.

Sergio Perez was second for Racing Point F1, seven tenths adrift at 1:17.842, while Ferrari ran into disaster despite Sebastian Vettel posting the third-quickest lap of the day at 1:18.195.

McLaren driver Carlos Sainz was leading Wednesday's session with a time of 1 minute, 17.144 seconds, the fastest so far after six days of testing.

Before lunch, Leclerc lapped the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya just 0.058s off the pole time set by Lewis Hamilton at the 2018 Spanish Grand Prix, using Pirelli's softest C5 tyres to claim the fastest lap ever seen at this track in pre-season testing.

"Having a guy like Fernando testing the vehicle is a good thing for the team".

"As every team we are not flat out", said Leclerc, who replaced Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari.

"There's still some margin, a bit obviously in myself I still have to learn and get more comfortable with the vehicle". "The vehicle is solid (and) I feel pretty comfortable in it".

Red Bull later put out a statement on the team's official Twitter account confirming Gasly was not hurt.

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The incident happened on turn 3, when the Ferrari man went straight into the barriers, with his vehicle wedged into the barriers.

While Red Bull have impressed with their new Honda engine, Gasly said Ferrari were still ahead.

"By the feeling there was an issue with the front left corner and from there, there wasn't anything that I could have done to avoid the impact", said the German.

"It's testing. I think we are looking strong at the moment whether they are sandbagging more or less or whatsoever we don't know and we'll only know in qualifying but for now, we are pretty happy with the job we're doing".

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas said he felt Ferrari were ahead of the field.

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc of Monaco drives past a banner in support of former Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher during a Formula One pre-season testing session at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, outside Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019.

Like Leclerc, Alexander Albon and Stroll also went over one hundred laps, while Williams driver George Russell completed a day-high 140.