LIVE F1 | Winter Testing Day 6: Can Mercedes bounce back?

28-02-2020 07:05 | Updated: 28-02-2020 08:17
by Matt Gretton
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LIVE F1 | Winter Testing Day 6: Can Mercedes bounce back?

This is the last time the Formula 1 cars will be on track until the Australian Grand Prix weekend. After a busy two weeks in Barcelona, the teams and drivers have one last chance to record as much data as possible to help give them a strong development path as the weekend in Melbourne edges closer. On Thursday, we saw Mercedes struggle while Ferrari topped the timesheets. Aston Martin Red Bull Racing didn't do any special, but will we see the shackles come off with the C5 tyres?

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Both Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas will get one more chance to drive the new Mercedes car ahead of the Australian Grand Prix. The same can be said about Alex Albon and Max Verstappen as Red Bull also split the final day between their two drivers. Ferrari, however, will do something slightly different. Sebastian Vettel has already completed his pre-season as Charles Leclerc gets a full day in the cockpit. 

Sergio Perez, George Russell, Kimi Raikkonen, Carlos Sainz and Daniil Kvyat will also get the day to themselves inside the cockpit. Only Renault and Haas have decided to split the workload between both drivers. 

Do Mercedes need to bounce back?

By their standards, Thursday was pretty poor for the German team. Hamilton was stuck inside the garage for over one at the start of his session. When the six-time world champion eventually got out on the track, he stopped. The new W11 found itself on the back of the recovery truck due to an oil pressure issue. Williams experienced the same difficult earlier in the week. 

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