Bottas almost one-and-a-half seconds ahead on test day one | 2019 F1 season

Valtteri Bottas was emphatically quickest for Mercedes on the first day of testing at the Circuit de Catalunya.
Bottas lapped just one tenth of a second away from his pole position time at last week’s race.
He ran the C5 tyres, the softest rubber in Pirelli’s range, two stages softer than the most aggressive rubber which was available last weekend.
In addition to the 10 regular runners, Sebastian Vettel and Sergio Perez covered testing mileage for Pirelli’s 2020 tyre programme.
In sunny and warm conditions the teams enjoyed a productive test, some of them completing the equivalent of two race distances.

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