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Hamilton hones Mercedes with fastest time at F1 testing

Lewis Hamilton hones Mercedes car with fastest time at F1 testing, McLaren toils

Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP steers his car during the 2015 Formula One testing at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, S...

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Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP steers his car during the 2015 Formula One testing at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, S...

MONTMELO, Spain (AP) -- Lewis Hamilton put Mercedes at the top of the timesheet for a second straight day of Formula One preseason testing on Saturday.

The defending F1 champion steered his way late in the day to a session-best lap of 1 minute, 23.022 seconds -- a day after teammate Nico Rosberg had been the quickest on the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit.

While Mercedes fine tuned its car to prepare for a title defense, McLaren's reliability problems returned. An oil leak ended reserve driver Kevin Magnussen's day 1 ? hours early after he had managed a session-low 39 laps.

Favorable conditions provided for a second straight day of productive driving for most teams, with seven of the nine drivers breaking the 100-lap mark.

Testing concludes Sunday.


Updated : 2021-09-18 19:12 GMT+08:00